Canadore College will be the research lead for two province-wide projects focused on Indigenous education. Yesterday morning, the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer announced $200,000 in funding and the official launch of the two projects. Canadore will work with the First Nations Technical Institute and Seven Generations Education Institute, to explore and analyze Indigenous-focused programming and mobility across the province of Ontario.
The first project aims to gather complete and current Indigenous program offerings in communities, Aboriginal institutes, colleges and universities across Ontario and will be followed by a mapping exercise of the mobility and transfer options for the inventory of Indigenous-specific and non-related programs. The second initiative will run parallel to the first and has the purpose of developing two multi-entry and laddered pathways into post secondary in health and business programs.
The combination of these two initiatives will enhance Indigenous programming knowledge in the province of Ontario, identify mobility gaps for students within these programs and provide the foundation to reverse existing inequities. The results will allow Indigenous students with greater choices in skills training, apprenticeship, certificate, diploma, degree or graduate study entry and exit points that are meaningful to their employment goals and career stages.