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Funding needed for Indigenous post-secondary education

Indigenous institutes’ post-secondary education is on the brink of collapse.

That according to the Indigenous Institutes Consortium (ICC) of seven Indigenous post-secondary schools, including Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig in Sault Ste. Marie and Kenjgewin Teg on Manitoulin Island.

The consortium says the province’s recent three-year, $1.3 billion funding announcement prioritizes the funding of mainstream post-secondary schools while ignoring the urgent needs of Indigenous Institutes.

Officials are calling on the government to provide stable, equitable and long-term funding of Indigenous Institutes.

They say severe underfunding is hindering educational access, impeding the economic prosperity of Indigenous communities, and restricting Indigenous peoples from contributing to Ontario’s economy.

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