Representatives from Confederation College and Fort William First Nation (FWFN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today. The MOU will build on the partners’ existing relationship to create new and significant opportunities for Indigenous learners in the First Nation and beyond.
Specifically, the MOU formalizes ongoing efforts to offer community-based education and training in a blended format delivered on the First Nation with programming and support from Confederation College.
“The project that is being created here in Fort William First Nation is just the beginning stage of meaningful opportunities for our people,” said Chief Peter Collins. “It is a chance for those who have fallen through the cracks of the traditional education system to set goals, encouraging them to pursue post-secondary education and trades training. I believe strongly that education is the foundation to build positive life changes for themselves and their families. At FWFN we look forward to working alongside Confederation College in this important endeavour.”
Both parties will be identifying and pursuing mutually-beneficial opportunities and partnerships to help address the education and training needs of FWFN members and will enhance communications to improve labour market participation. The agreement will also facilitate additional consultation and participation from FWFN members during College policy development in the area of Indigenous education, as well as encourage the establishment of additional scholarships and bursaries for FWFN students pursuing post-secondary education, particularly in the area of skilled trades.
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