Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy

Financial assistance to support Inuit students pursuing post-secondary education.

COVID-19: Funding for students

The Government of Canada will provide an additional $75.2 million to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation post-secondary students impacted by COVID-19.

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 that is framed by principles of reconciliation, including recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. The objective is to close the post-secondary education attainment gap between Inuit and non-Indigenous students in Canada through distinctions-based and regionally delivery strategic support. This transformational approach includes student financial support beginning in fiscal year 2020 to 2021.

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

The maximum amount payable per full-time student is $75,000 per year.

On an extraordinary and justified basis, the maximum amount payable per year for a student in an advanced, professional degree, a masters or doctoral program may exceed $75,000 up to a maximum of $100,000. No student is automatically entitled to this amount.

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 mentorship or student-peer mentorship, Elder guidance, career counselling, 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

Under the strategy, the total amount funded for programs and services is $3,450,000 per year.

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

Under the strategy, the total amount funded for community engagement is $600,000 per year.

National coordination

To support the delivery of this strategy, 5% of annual funding will be provided to the National Coordination Secretariat 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)

Under the strategy, the total amount funded for national coordination is $1,150,000 per year.

Who can apply?

Initial recipients

Initial recipients are those who are eligible to have a contribution agreement with ISC. They 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. They include:

  • Inuit who are beneficiaries of an Inuit land-claims agreement and who reside in Canada
  • community service providers (such as childcare services, employment programs, mental health supports), provincial service providers and education organizations
  • 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 or 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 or 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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