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e-344 (Post-secondary education)

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • 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.
Government response tabled on December 5, 2016 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-91-01)
Open for signature
May 10, 2016, at 12:55 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
September 7, 2016, at 12:55 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay)
October 20, 2016 (Petition No. 421-00786)
Government response tabled
December 5, 2016
Photo - Charlie Angus
Timmins—James Bay
New Democratic Party Caucus
Ontario
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