$1.35 Million In Education Bursaries For Aboriginal Students

by NationTalk on April 12, 2007956 Views

Manitoba News Release
April 12, 2007

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Today, the Province of Manitoba, Canada’s New Government and the Business Council of Manitoba announced that they are joining forces to provide over $1.35 million for financial assistance and summer or interim employment to Aboriginal students pursuing a post-secondary education.
The Honourable Diane McGifford, Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy, and Rod Bruinooge, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification, made the announcement today.”The Aboriginal Education Bursary Awards program is designed to provide Manitoba’s Aboriginal people with greater access to post-secondary education and training opportunities,” Minister McGifford said. “The Manitoba government is very pleased to be part of this ongoing public and private sector partnership which will, over the long term, build our workforce and benefit the provincial economy.”
“Canada’s New Government is investing in the future of the Aboriginal student population which is an important part of a well-educated and skilled workforce,” said MP Rod Bruinooge. “Through our investment of $450,000, we are ensuring that Aboriginal people have the access they need to post-secondary education, giving them the skills that are required to secure meaningful jobs that will ensure a brighter future.”
The Province of Manitoba, Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Business Council of Manitoba are each providing $450,000 over three years towards the Aboriginal Education Bursary Awards. The Winnipeg Foundation administers the program.
“This model partnership between business and government has changed the lives of hundreds of Manitoba Aboriginal students,” said James Carr, president of the Business Council of Manitoba. “We are delighted that this partnership has been renewed for another three years.” 
Under the program, up to a maximum of $3,000 is awarded to university students and $1,500 to college students. Funds disbursed directly to the institution and can be applied against a student’s costs of tuition, books and supplies. An estimated 150 Aboriginal students will receive awards every year. In addition, the Business Council of Manitoba estimates 10-15 students per year will receive offers of summer or part-time employment with its member companies. 
Western Economic Diversification Canada is a department of the Government of Canada that works in partnership with the provinces, industry associations and communities to stimulate and encourage diversification of the western economy, as well as to represent the interests of the West in Ottawa. 
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