FNTI Pleased with Announcement by the Government of Ontario

by NationTalk on April 2, 2008548 Views

For Immediate Release:
April 1, 2008

Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory: FNTI is pleased that the Government of Ontario will be providing FNTI with a one time allocation of $1.5 million for 2008-09 to offset funding cut by the federal government which threatened to force the closure of this successful institution.“It is a very positive step forward” stated Tracy Maracle, Vice-Chair of the FNTI Board. “It is a reasonable approach which will enable FNTI to continue to provide high quality educational opportunities for Indigenous peoples.”

FNTI has been caught in a jurisdictional dispute between the federal and provincial governments over the matter of funding responsibility for Indigenous post-secondary institutions.

“It is encouraging that the Government of Ontario has stepped forward and placed the needs of our students first, and we appreciate their constructive approach,” noted FNTI President Karihwakeron Tim Thompson.

“Although this is a short term intervention, it indicates that the Government of Ontario does value the contribution of FNTI to post-secondary education in Ontario. The fact that Minister Leona Dombrowsky, Minister John Milloy, and Minister Michael Bryant chose to come to FNTI to make the announcement is very encouraging. I look forward to working with representatives from both governments in the coming weeks to develop an approach which will secure FNTI’s long term future.”

Karihwakeron added “On behalf of the Board and staff, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to all of those people who have acted in support of FNTI. We are truly grateful for your help and we are inspired to continue to fulfill our important mission in Indigenous post-secondary education.”

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For more information please contact:
Karihwakeron Tim Thompson (613) 396-2122 ext. 133

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