Cumberland College identifies Indigenous priorities

Cumberland College

from the Nipawin Journal:

This May, Jason Henderson was a happy camper.

Sporting a black button-up shirt and a shy grin, Henderson talked about himself a little shyly. It had taken him a couple of tries but Henderson finally graduated this spring from Cumberland College with a General Education Development (GED) certificate.

It has been a long road for Henderson. After moving to the Nipawin area from Montreal Lake, he had a hard time finding work. He then moved to the Red Earth Cree Nation where commuting to Cumberland College each day requires a one-hour drive each way.

But those challenges are done and over with; Henderson now has the qualifications to apply for the Industrial Mechanics program and, with luck and more tenacity, create a living for himself and his family.

It’s no accident Aboriginal students make up around 12 per cent of the trades programs at Cumberland College (the Aboriginal community is approximately 17 per cent of Nipawin’s population). Two years ago, Cumberland College made a commitment to “Indigenize the college” and hasn’t looked back

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