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Federal Budget - Indigenous People

Indspire Applauds Government of Canada Commitment to Indigenous Education

Ohsweken - Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire, applauds the Government of Canada's announcement that, through Budget 2016, it will invest in the advancement of primary and secondary education for young Indigenous people across Canada. Jamieson also welcomes the government's commitment to collaborate with Indigenous students, parents, educators, and groups to ensure that Indigenous students have the resources they need to pursue post-secondary studies.

"The Government of Canada's investment in primary and secondary education for Indigenous youth, as well as its commitment to addressing the barriers faced by Indigenous post-secondary students, is welcome support to enable the country's fastest growing demographic to graduate, pursue meaningful work, and contribute to Canada's economic well-being," said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire.

Indspire's research shows that the primary barrier for Indigenous students in completing their post-secondary education is a lack of financial resources. As shown by Indspire's report on graduation rates, 93% of post-secondary students funded by Indspire have graduated. Released in February 2015, the report entitled Creating Positive Outcomes also revealed that 82% of graduates are gainfully employed and 84% are working in roles that directly serve Indigenous populations.

Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education.

Through Indspire's K-12 Institute, the charity provides resources to educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving kindergarten to grade 12 success for Indigenous youth. Since its inception in 1985, Indspire has awarded $79 million through almost 25,000 bursaries and scholarships to Indigenous students, making it the largest funder of Indigenous education outside the federal government. Each year, the organization presents the Indspire Awards, a gala celebration of the successes achieved by Indigenous people that is broadcast nationally.

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