Communities, Institutes and Partners asked to Join Strategic Response
On May 1, 2015, the First Nations Education Steering Committee and Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association received notice that Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) eliminated all funding for IAHLA and the First Nations Early Childhood Development Council (FNECDC) in 2015-16, and significantly reduced funding for FNESC’s Post-Secondary Education (PSE) Support for 2015-16.
These cuts, particularly in the context of the major changes to the former Indian Studies Support Program (ISSP, now Post-Secondary Partnerships Program, PSPP) that has almost eliminated this source of funding for most IAHLA institutes and the ongoing underfunding of the First Nation student funding program – Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP), threaten to undermine the important progress we have made in BC in Aboriginal PSE and lifelong learning.
For more information about the changes, please see the attached briefing note.
IAHLA and FNESC are developing a joint strategy to request that AANDC:
- Reinstate IAHLA, FNESC PSE and FNECDC funding in BC;
- Support a BC-specific approach to funding PSE program delivery in First Nations communities, including returning decision-making to BC, an equitable funding allocation for BC, and a return to First Nation community-driven programming; and,
- Ensure post-secondary student support in BC keeps pace with tuition, population and eligibility increases in order to improve economic opportunities and support healthy, self-sustaining First Nation communities.
We have developed materials to assist IAHLA member institutes, First Nation communities and our Post-Secondary partners express their support for this strategy. Please contact IAHLA/FNESC Lorraine Naziel, Manager, Post-Secondary Education and Training firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Thank you for your attention to this important issue.