Additional Support to Help Indigenous Students SucceedPublished on November 14, 2020
Three-Year Investment Prioritizes Indigenous Student Safety and Well-being
November 13, 2020
TORONTO - Today, Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce announced that the Ontario government is providing $17 million dollars over three years to support First Nation, Métis, Inuit, and urban Indigenous education partners. This funding will provide certainty for school boards while ensuring safe learning environments for Indigenous students - either in person, or through remote and alternative learning options.
The high impact programs being funded will include the following key efforts:
"Our Government is committed to supporting the success, safety, and student well-being of First Nation, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous students," said Minister Lecce. "Working closely with Indigenous partners, we know this investment will ensure access to meaningful support, improve overall outcomes and increase graduation rates."
In addition to this investment, Ontario recognizes that First Nations partners have identified the urgent need for personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. As such, the province is providing First Nation schools with the PPE required to reopen in their communities safely at no cost to them.
"Through this investment and the collective efforts of our Indigenous education partners, we can work together in the best interests of Indigenous students to ensure their well-being and achievement," added Minister Lecce.
"Our government is proud to provide First Nation educators with the resources they need so Indigenous students can safely and consistently engage in learning during this challenging time," said Minister Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. "We are committed to ensuring every First Nation, Metis, Inuit and Indigenous student across Ontario is supported with access to the culturally-safe learning opportunities they expect and deserve."
"We appreciate the Government of Ontario's continued support of the work done by our partners to assist our students who have to leave their communities and attend urban centers to achieve their high school diploma," said Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox. "As we continue to address the long-standing systemic issues our students face, we look forward to a positive productive relationship with the province."