OHSWEKEN, ON, March 23, 2017 /CNW/ - Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire, applauds the Government of Canada's announcement that it will invest $5 million per year for the next 5 years in Indspire's Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program. The funds will total $40 million, which includes $3 million annually for matching contributions from the private and non-government sectors.
The Budget details plans for the partnership with Indspire, an Indigenous-led registered charity that assists First Nations, Inuit and Métis students with financial support to complete their education and contribute to the economy.
"The Government of Canada's increased investment in education for Indigenous people is welcome support to enable the country's fastest growing demographic to obtain education and training so they can realize their full potential and contribute to their communities, to Canada and to the world," said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire.
Indspire's research shows that the primary barrier for Indigenous students in completing their post-secondary education is a lack of financial resources. On the other hand, where there is financial support, there is success -- as shown by Indspire's report on graduation rates, 93% of post-secondary students funded by Indspire have graduated. The report entitled Creating Positive Outcomes also revealed that 82% of graduates are gainfully employed and 84% are working in roles that directly serve Indigenous populations.
Indspire raises money from corporations, governments, philanthropies and individuals for its work. Indspire then disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education as compared with Canadians generally.
In 2015-16, Indspire disbursed over $12.2 million through 3,792 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada.
Through its K-12 Institute, Indspire provides resources to educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving kindergarten to grade 12 success and a better Indigenous education for Indigenous youth.
Representing the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own achievers, the Indspire Awards were created in 1993 in conjunction with the United Nation's International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples. The Awards recognize Indigenous people who have used their potential to achieve. The awards promote self-esteem and pride for Indigenous communities and provide outstanding role models for Indigenous youth. www.indspire.ca
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