Students protest lack of funding for First Nations students

Students rallied on the steps of the legislature last Wednesday for more post-secondary education funding for aboriginal students.

The event was organized by the University of Manitoba Aboriginal Students’ Association (UMASA) to raise awareness about issues with the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP).

The PSSSP, run under Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), provides funding for first nations students pursuing a post-secondary education.

However, funding increases to the program have been capped at two per cent annually since 1996, and some students are concerned that INAC may make further changes to the program as Parliament reopens this week, including