Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy

Financial assistance to support Inuit students pursuing postsecondary education.

To ensure that Inuit students have the same opportunities for success as other students in Canada, Budget 2019 is investing $125.5 million over 10 years, beginning in fiscal year 2019 to 2020, and $21.8 million ongoing for a new Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy. The strategy was designed specifically through engagement coordinated by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami in collaboration with the Inuit land-claim organizations.

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About the strategy

This strategy reflects the Government of Canada's commitment to a renewed relationship with Inuit, one framed by principles of reconciliation, including recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, partnership and self-determination. The goal is to close the post-secondary education attainment gap between Inuit students and non-Indigenous students in Canada through distinctions-based and regionally delivery strategic support. This transformational approach includes:

Student financial support

Seventy-five per cent of annual funding is reserved for direct financial support for Inuit students. Eligible expenses include:

  • transcript and application fees
  • tuition and other students fees
  • initial professional certification and examination fees
  • books and supplies
  • supplemental tutorial, guidance and counseling services
  • living expenses, including for dependents, if applicable
  • transportation support, when needed
  • expenses associated with travel home, including for dependents, as applicable
  • child care, as needed

Programs and services

Fifteen per cent of annual funding is allocated for activities based on local needs assessments to promote students' pursuit of post-secondary education and the attainment of a credential. These include:

  • academic readiness and support
  • wraparound services to students and their families (such as student-peer mentorship, career counselling, Elder guidance, student cultural support)
  • outreach and navigation services
  • cultural education and life-skills development
  • information technology and remote location access to allow students the opportunity to complete distance education or online courses from their home communities

Community engagement

Five per cent of annual funding is reserved for community-level activities focused on the benefits of post-secondary accreditation and preparing students leaving for post-secondary education. Activities include:

  • local sessions for prospective students about post-secondary opportunities, course offerings and program eligibility
  • facilitating peer-to-peer transitions between prospective Inuit post-secondary students and alumni
  • creating awareness, showcasing and celebrating success of alumni

National coordination

To support the delivery of this strategy, 5% of annual funding will be provided to the National Coordination Secretariat (to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami in the interim during the secretariat's implementation) for staffing, information and physical infrastructure necessary to meet local and regional needs.

Eligible expenses include:

  • data collection and management
  • needs assessment and analysis
  • engagement and partnerships
  • management of processes and systems to support delivery
  • development of culturally relevant content (curricula, as required)

Who can apply

Initial recipients

The only initial recipients who are eligible to have a contribution agreement with Indigenous Services Canada in fiscal year 2021 to 2022 are:

Each Inuit initial recipient will determine the mechanisms through which funding will be distributed to eligible ultimate recipients. The National Coordination Secretariat will be determined by consensus of all Inuit land-claim organizations or their designate.

Ultimate recipients

Those who receive funding that is distributed by the initial recipients include:

  • Inuit who are beneficiaries of an Inuit land-claims agreement and who reside in Canada
  • community, education organizations and regional service providers, including, but not limited to, child care services, employment programs and mental health supports
  • post-secondary institutions generally recognized through an accrediting body such as Universities Canada, Colleges and Institutes Canada or other professional associations and certification boards

Deadline

Inuit students, services providers and post-secondary institutions who are interested in accessing available funding should consult Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami or their respective Inuit land-claim organization.

How to apply

Inuit students, services providers and post-secondary institutions who are interested in accessing available funding should consult Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami or their respective Inuit land-claim organization.

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