Learn about Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)'s distinctions-based strategies that support First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education.
Between 2017 and 2019, ISC conducted a comprehensive and collaborative review of all current federal programs that support Indigenous students who wish to pursue post-secondary education. This included discussions with Indigenous students, academic leaders and institutions to obtain a wide range of reflections on current programs and possible improvements. ISC also engaged with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis National Council, who each developed respective distinctions-based policy proposals for transforming Indigenous post-secondary education.
Informed by this review, Budget 2019 is investing $814.9 million over 10 years and $61.8 million ongoing for distinctions-based Indigenous post-secondary education strategies. This funding will renew and expand the Post-Secondary Student Support Program, establish new Inuit and Métis Nation post-secondary education strategies and engage with First Nations to develop regional post-secondary strategies.
Services and information
ISC provides financial assistance to First Nations students who are enrolled in eligible post-secondary programs.
University and College Entrance Preparation Program (UCEPP) aims to enable First Nations students to attain the academic level required for entrance into degree and diploma credit programs, as prioritized and directed by First Nations.
This program funds band councils of recognized First Nations bands, organizations designated by Band Councils and First Nations established post-secondary education institutions.
Financial support for First Nations to develop long-term, First Nations regional post-secondary education models.
Financial assistance to support Inuit students pursuing post-secondary education.
Financial assistance to support Métis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education.
Learn about initiatives that help First Nations and Inuit youth gain work experience, acquire essential employment skills and learn about job and career options.
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