This report summarizes the findings of the Aboriginal Education Council Gathering, hosted by the Council of Ontario Universities on November 8-9, 2012, in collaboration with Brock University and ...

Unity Through Diversity

Published: October 19, 2013

This report summarizes the findings of the Aboriginal Education Council Gathering, hosted by the Council of Ontario Universities on November 8-9, 2012, in collaboration with Brock University and Colleges Ontario. The report examines the important role that Aboriginal leaders should play as role models in postsecondary institutions; the role of Aboriginal Education Councils in identifying best practices for the recruitment and enrolment of aboriginal learners and in measuring continued success; transition strategies into postsecondary, possible further studies and the labour market; and the role of Aboriginal Education Councils in accountability and reporting on programs, services and funding for Aboriginal learners.

Improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal learners will help to address the socioeconomic gap that currently exists between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, and to ensure that the growing numbers of Aboriginal youth have access to labour market opportunities that increasingly require postsecondary education. — Unity Through Diversity report
  1. Over the next 10 years, approximately 400,000 Aboriginal Canadians will be prepared to join the national workforce.

  2. If the provincial and federal governments work with postsecondary institutions and their representative Aboriginal bodies, such as the various AECs, to support the learning success of these 400,000 people, this group of people could contribute more than $400 billion to the Canadian economy over their lifetime.

  3. If nothing is done to ensure the integration of Aboriginal learners into the postsecondary system, and thus the national workforce, the Federal Government will have to spend $170 billion on social assistance over the next several decades to ensure that these estimated 400,000 individuals are adequately supported.

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