Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

New initiatives to help Aboriginal students pursue post-secondary education (10/01/06)

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Jan. 6, 2010

(Multimedia)

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government is investing more than $1million to help Aboriginal persons pursue post-secondary education. Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault made the announcement today.

The Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour is providing financial support to recruit and retain Aboriginal students to the University of New Brunswick (UNB); St. Thomas University (STU); the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) campuses in Fredericton, Woodstock, Moncton and Miramichi; the Université de Moncton (U de M); and the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD).

These investments are in line with Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick.

"By working with New Brunswick's universities and community colleges to increase participation in post-secondary education by under-represented groups, we are ensuring that more New Brunswickers have the opportunity to obtain a post-secondary education and be better educated and better positioned for success," Arseneault said.

UNB

"The Aboriginal community is a tremendously important part of our provincial diversity," said Eddy Campbell, UNB president. "The appointment of an elder-in-residence at our Mi'kmaq Maliseet Institute is the result of an entrepreneurial spirit at UNB that continues to develop new programs and services to better serve our students. I am excited to see what we can accomplish together in the months ahead."

STU

"We are pleased to receive funding to allow us to create greater opportunities for Aboriginal youth," said Patrick Malcolmson, vice-president, academic, STU. "With our success in the Mi'kmaq/Maliseet Bachelor of Social Work Program and our work with the National Council for First Nations Governance, we have a solid foundation on which to build."

NBCC / NBCCD

"The New Brunswick Community College promotes Aboriginal student success and welcomes the diversity and knowledge that they bring to our campuses," said Marie-Paule Theriault, principal of NBCC, Miramichi campus. "Through these important, funded positions, our Aboriginal student advisers can act as mentors, helping our students build their future while working toward their goals and dreams."

The Miramichi campus serves as NBCC's strategic lead in the First Nations initiative.

U de M

"This study will enable l'Université de Moncton to better serve members of the Aboriginal population who wish to undertake university studies in French," said Yvon Fontaine, U de M president and vice-chancellor.

Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

These initiatives are examples of commitments to increase participation of Aboriginals and other under-represented groups in post-secondary education outlined in Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617.

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