First Nations from across Canada are leading a review of federal post-secondary education programming. Technical teams of students, directors of education, post-secondary coordinators, members of the Chiefs Committee on Education, National Indian Education Council and representatives from First Nation education institutions are preparing recommendations to ensure improved access to post-secondary education and improved supports required for student success for First Nations. This work is in response to an announcement made in the 2017 federal budget.
Budget 2017 announced that the Government of Canada would undertake a comprehensive and collaborative review with Indigenous partners of all current federal programs that support Indigenous students who wish to pursue post-secondary education. The purpose of the review is to ensure that these programs meet the needs of individual students while supporting attendance at, and completion of, a post-secondary degree or credential.
In accordance with AFN Resolution 14/2017, Post-Secondary Education Federal Review, First Nations led their own review with a separate First Nations report.
The independent facilitators leading the review process are looking for input on current challenges, needs and goals from the perspectives of First Nation students and First Nation education institutions.