Ontario’s Minister of Education has announced funding to the tune of $17 million over three years to support First Nation, Métis, Inuit, and urban Indigenous education partners.
The aim is to provide some stability for school boards while ensuring safe learning environments for Indigenous students.
The funding goes toward several key initiatives including elder programming for First Nation students relocating to larger, urban centres to attend high school – which provides access to traditional and cultural supports while away from home.
The money will also go toward training and support for boarding home parents to ensure students have a safe place to go after school.
“Our Government is committed to supporting the success, safety, and student well-being of First Nation, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous students,” said Minister Stephen Lecce. “Working closely with Indigenous partners, we know this investment will ensure access to meaningful support, improve overall outcomes and increase graduation rates.”
First Nations have identified the urgent need for personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
In recognition of this, Ontario is providing First Nations schools with the PPE required to safely reopen schools at no additional cost.
“Through this investment and the collective efforts of our Indigenous education partners, we can work together in the best interests of Indigenous students to ensure their well-being and achievement,” added Minister Lecce.