Have you ever missed out on funding for college or university? Are you concerned about the barriers KFN students face to getting a good education?
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Yukon Education is reviewing the Students Financial Assistance Act (Yukon Grant) with the aim of making it more flexible and fairer in its eligibility, application and awarding processes.
KFN students face a range of barriers to full participation in the education system such as the lack of cultural relevance, differences in ways of learning, requirements to travel away and the lack of local education services.
The Yukon Grant, in its current form, reinforces these barriers. For years, many KFN students have not been eligible for the Yukon Grant by reason of KFN receiving funding for education from INAC aka AANDC (Canada) rather than drawing down the Post-Secondary program through a PSTA, while students from the Yukon and other Self Governing First Nations have been eligible. This disproportionately disadvantages students from Self-Governing First Nations that do not have the capacity to administer education. The Yukon Grant is also not available to those who have not completed two years of high school between Grades 8 and 12 in a Yukon high school and does not properly accommodate students requiring upgrading after they graduate from high school. The current rules disadvantage KFN students from accessing program dollars that the rest of the Yukon are eligible for.
KFN believes its citizens have a right to a good education and that the Yukon and Canada, as partners, have a responsibility to support it. The Yukon Grant should not create barriers, and instead should support the full participation of KFN citizens in the education system.