Increasing Indigenous Student Access to PSE (E)

May 6, 2019 | 11:00 - 12:00

Location: 221
Track: Student Success

This session presents a set of collaborative projects undertaken by the Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI) in partnership with Confederation College, George Brown College, and Mohawk College that have involved identifying barriers to PSE faced by Indigenous learners and developing initiatives aimed at increasing Indigenous student participation in post-secondary education (PSE).

The initiatives, which include strategies to evaluate their effects, will be considered for implementation as pilot projects by Employment and Social Development Canada, who funded the development of these initiatives. The goal is to inform policy makers on the barriers to PSE faced by Indigenous learners and to identify policies that could improve Indigenous student experiences and outcomes.

The participating colleges serve a range of Indigenous communities, from isolated fly-in First Nations to urban centres, and the initiatives reflect these diverse realities and will ultimately help inform the development of a set of PSE access policies. The development of the initiatives has involved working in close collaboration with Indigenous communities, organizations, and related stakeholders.

Session Speakers

Amy Kelaidis

Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Special Advisor

Mohawk College

Brenda Small

Vice President, Centre for Policy and Research in Indigenous Learning

Confederation College

Ian Wigglesworth

Dean, Centre for Preparatory & Liberal Studies

George Brown College

Ross Finnie

Director, Education Policy Research Initiative

University of Ottawa