Today, Member of Parliament for Timmins - James Bay, Charlie Angus, presented a petition signed by hundreds of students calling on the Federal Government to invest in the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) to fund Indigenous learners.
The petition is the latest step in a long-standing campaign seeking justice for Indigenous youth after decades of underfunding and broken promises. Recognizing that Indigenous people have a full and complete right to education, the Liberal Government had promised to uphold their treaty obligation by investing $50 million more per year in the PSSSP. Instead, the Government chose to maintain the 20-year 2 per cent cap on funding in their first federal budget.
As a result of the cap, more than 10,000 students are estimated to be on backlog waiting to receive funding to pursue college and university. In order to correct the backlog, the Assembly of First Nations estimates that $141 million in new annual funding is needed in Budget 2017.
We sought to hold the Government accountable by launching a national petition calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister Carolyn Bennett to mend their broken promise by immediately investing in the PSSSP and fully funding post-secondary education for all Indigenous learners.
Help put pressure on the Minister and demand answers by tweeting at Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.