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Indigenous post-secondary students experiencing financial pressures will benefit from additional provincial emergency funding.

The government is providing an additional $1.5 million to supplement the Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund, which assists Indigenous students who are experiencing an unexpected financial emergency that may affect their ability to finish their studies. Support is available through all 25 public post-secondary institutions in B.C., as well as Native Education College (NEC).

"Our government is increasing emergency financial assistance for Indigenous students to ensure they have the necessary funds to focus on staying healthy, meeting their educational goals and finishing their semester," said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. "By supporting Indigenous students to succeed, we are doing our part to implement article 23 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action."

In addition to emergency living expenses like groceries, cell phone bills and childcare, the fund supports Indigenous learners through other unanticipated expenses like medical, dental and optical costs, and travel costs for family crisis or community obligations.

"These additional emergency funds to support B.C.'s Indigenous students are vital right now," said Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. "No one should have to choose between education and survival, and these emergency funds will help Indigenous students complete their studies with a better sense of well-being."

Students who access emergency funding do not have to repay it. Indigenous students can contact the Indigenous Student Service Centre on campus, which will help with the application process to receive financial assistance.

 

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