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Ontario colleges targeting aboriginal students

$400,000 ad campaign will see ads in newspapers, radio, and flyers sent to remote reserves


Colleges Ontario launched a $400,000 advertising campaign today to encourage aboriginal students to pursue a college diploma or certificate. With the tagline, “Break your Own Trail” Ontario’s community colleges will target aboriginals through posters, radio and newspaper ads and flyers sent directly to remote reserves only accessible by plane. Linda Franklin, president of Colleges Ontario said that finding ways to encourage groups underrepresented in post-secondary education will help address looming labour shortages. “We also want to make sure these under-represented groups achieve their full potential,” she said.

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  1. They get 100% free schooling so everyone could be a Doctor or what ever they want to be but because they get a 100% free living they do not go to school or collage or even work the only thing they do is drugs and blame us for it even when they were the frist ones to use them hundreds of years a go by there medicine men and women.

    • I disagree Mike Clark. I do not believe that the drugs used today, around all society, were available during that time (I.E. heroine) and perhaps you over generalize an entire population of peoples. If you were to become more aware you might realize that 100% of education is NOT paid for. Most Aboriginal Peoples (even qualified, and educated) have difficulty finding work because of negative, stereotypical, cruel attitudes thats still exist in society about all peoples who are not fitting within the norm. LIving for free in mould filled houses, without proper drinking water, septic issues, high rates of miscarriage, two to three families per house and a far below poverty line sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it? With the projected rates of population increase for First Nations and the projections of retirement of the Baby Boomers I do not see another way but to assist and encourage training of our First Nations. Unless we bring in more people from other countries but I bet you would have an issue with that as well.

  2. Wow. That’s just an unjustified remark Mike. I am Aboriginal, attending college (not collage) full-time, and it seems as though your comment is more of a rant.

    Please educate yourself before you make such statements. All reservations have different rules for Post-secondary funding. So not ALL will receive such funding.

    The term “free” is not correct either, again, look into “Treaties” because nothing is “free”.

    Good luck Mike in your point of view, you’re entitled to it, but educate yourself first, then make a statement.

  3. @ Mike – boring! A good number of articles attempting to raise the issue of under representation issue for Aboriginal people have exactly your response. Free! Bah! Payment continues to be exacted my friend, trust me on that. Payment in ways your narrow perspective could never imagine. Martin raised some excellent points about present socio economic conditions afflicting Aboriginal youth which does affect potential, but there is a history they carry with them which time can only tell for it to fully go away. There was a time when government stole Indian kids from their homes almost by gun point where parents were legally obliged to do so under threat of prison, legally took away parenting rights of parents and gave that right to a paid employee of an education system……where I’m sure even you have heard of the astounding representation of sexual abuse victims that came out of that little experiment; or how following the residential school extraction, children were being picked up right off reserve grounds if not attended by parents, where I’m sure once again you’ve heard of the abundently represented group which were abused in homes not monitored once Aboriginal children placed there? So much has already been demanded of Aboriginal children over the generations, and now that attempts are made to offer choice and opportunity, you come up with your brilliant (in an extremely uninformed way) statement about “free” education? I think Ontario school should give you a “free” education because you seriously need it!

  4. Oh Mike,

    your comment albeit your comment, only serves to remind me that there is still a lot of work to do in educating “some” not most Canadians of the true nature of the relationship and history of First Nation Peoples here in Canada, and in North America. Unfortuately, it is impossible to give a complete 500 year plus lesson here, I will however give a brief personal account of some real facts. 1) I just paid off student loans about 6 years ago, although I did recieve some Band funding in my upper years, in the beginning there were no funds available, this is not the exception, but the norm. Not 100% 2)We might very well be living under an American flag had it not been for the major contribtions First Nations played in supporting the war effort against American invasions in the 18oo’s, 3) you are right in part, on one of your points; First Nations did contribute a great deal of knowledge to the development of many of the lifesaving medicines you yourself may use in your day to day life, Aspirin for instance. I will leave it at that my friend and close with, please turn the page in your outlooks on people and remember that you yourself are a decendant of a immigrant peoples to this land and please take the time to educate yourself on the issues you negetively comment on. Be part of the solution, not the problem.