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Expanded financial support for new and returning Indigenous students at McGill

McGill University’s Indigenous students can now rely on dedicated financial support thanks to a new partnership with Indspire, an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of Indigenous peoples. Indspire will manage the awarding process through its Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program to secure matching funds from the Government of Canada. This nearly doubles McGill’s $500,000 investment towards its prospective and enrolled Indigenous students over the next two years.

In its 2015 final report, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) called on all Canadian institutions to acknowledge and reduce barriers to education for Indigenous people. In response to this call, Provost Christopher Manfredi struck a Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Education. One of the concrete recommendations was that McGill provide a robust funding model for Indigenous students. This pledge stems from McGill’s recognition that access to education is a crucial step towards reconciliation.

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