NB!: promised 50 mill/year for post-sec ed for Indigenous youth not mentioned in Federal Budget (March 22 2016) http://www.budget.gc.ca/2016/docs/plan/budget2016-en.pdf
UPDATE: Mon June 6, 2016
To finish the post MWMC started last week, for online signing go to: https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-344
You’ll see that Ontario is well ahead of all other provinces at this point — approx. as many sig’s as all other provinces & territories together last week if not more, this week visible uptake for the prairie provinces & BC.
The petition text in full:
Petition to the Government of CanadaWhereas:
- The Post-Secondary Student Support Program provides financial support to First Nations and Inuit college and university students;
- Annual funding increases to the PSSSP have been capped at 2% since 1996;
- Indigenous youth are the fastest growing demographic in Canada;
- Thousands of Indigenous learners are denied support every year due to a funding shortfall;
- In August 2015, Justin Trudeau made a promise to invest $50 million per year in the PSSSP;
- The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples affirms post-secondary education as a right of Indigenous people;
- Canada endorsed the UNDRIP in 2012;
- The TRC calls on the federal government to “provide adequate funding to end the backlog of First Nations students seeking a post-secondary education”;
- In December 2015, Prime Minister Trudeau promised to take immediate action on all TRC recommendations;
- In April 2016, the Supreme Court ruled the federal government has a constitutional responsibility to Métis and First Nations people without registered Indian status, including the delivery of social programs and services;
- Educational attainment levels among Indigenous peoples remain significantly lower than non-Indigenous peoples;
- The failure of successive federal governments in upholding its responsibility for Indigenous peoples’ education has left a gap in quality of life; and
- In the 2016 federal budget, Prime Minister Trudeau failed to deliver on his commitment to invest $50 million per year in the PSSSP and instead invested no new funding in the PSSSP.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to Immediately invest $50 million in the PSSSP and fully fund access to post-secondary education for all Indigenous learners.