Part 8: Strategic Directions to Achieve Goal Three

GOAL – An increasing number of Aboriginal learners achieve high levels of success in postsecondary education and training.

Building the Postsecondary Education/Training System’s Capacity Strategy

Provide multi-year funding and support to Ontario’s publicly assisted colleges and universities to deliver programs and services for Aboriginal learners, enabling them to provide sustainable, longer term, and more strategic planning and program delivery.

Support the delivery of recognized postsecondary education and training programs and student supports provided by Aboriginal postsecondary education and training institutes, acknowledging the unique role that Aboriginal institutes play in providing Aboriginal learners with access to, and opportunities to succeed in, college and university programs that are offered by the institutes through alternative delivery modes and utilizing indigenous pedagogical approaches.

Work with Aboriginal service providers and other organizations to support Aboriginal people’s access to the services they need through Ontario’s employment and training network, Employment Ontario.

Conduct program evaluations and assessments on the effectiveness of postsecondary education and training investments to ensure that targeted initiatives are addressing their intended goals.

Work with the Ministry of Education, faculties of education, and Aboriginal organizations to increase the number of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit teaching and non-teaching staff in the education system.

Access and Pathways to Achievement Strategy

Addressing Aboriginal access to postsecondary education and training includes consideration of the following factors: financial resources, academic preparedness, cultural and social values, limitations and opportunities associated with physical spaces and geographic locations, and availability of information and guidance.

Support successful transitions between and among institutions, communities, the labour market, and the K–12 education sector, as well as between undergraduate and graduate studies.

Use Contact North/Contact Nord’s network of 112 local access centres across Ontario and existing online learning and distance education infrastructure to increase access to literacy and postsecondary education in small, remote, and rural communities through flexible learning opportunities available from Ontario’s colleges, universities, and literacy and other training providers, as well as from

Continue to implement the Aboriginal Student Bursary Fund for Aboriginal students enrolled in postsecondary education institutions, or in apprenticeships, in order to provide additional support to Aboriginal learners who demonstrate financial need.

Support initiatives to ensure academic preparedness of Aboriginal adults and youth for postsecondary education and training across the province.
Continue to collaborate with the Ministry of Education to ensure that Aboriginal students are completing high school and, while in publicly funded secondary schools, have access to information about, and receive encouragement to pursue, postsecondary education.

Key Performance Measures

A significant increase in Aboriginal learners’ applications to, and registration in, colleges, universities, and Aboriginal institutes for full-time and part-time programs and courses, as well as in apprenticeship programs

Increased satisfaction and comfort of Aboriginal learners in postsecondary education and training settings and experiences.