Supporting Indigenous Students in Post-secondary Education

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04 Goal The purpose of this research is to identify the barriers that First Nations, M├ętis, Inuit, and Afro-Indigenous students face in post-secondary institutions by analyzing the policies, practices, and resources of post-secondary institutions across Canada. It also explores the already existing supports that allow Indigenous students to thrive in college and university. Recommendations for post-secondary institutions are based on the findings. Methodology This research project involves both qualitative and quantitative data. Online surveys were completed by 24 staff and faculty that work with Indigenous post-secondary students in different capacities. Follow-up interviews were conducted with 11 of the participants who completed the survey. Additionally, an online community engagement of 46 staff and faculty from across Canada provided information about barriers specific to COVID-19. Key Findings The survey and interviews with staff and faculty illuminate two factors: what colleges and universities are currently doing to support Indigenous post-secondary students, and barriers that continue to impact Indigenous students despite these supports in place. Barriers specific to COVID-19 are also addressed. Most frequently mentioned in both the survey and interviews are challenges with inadequate funding towards Indigenous student services and the lack of Indigenous staff and faculty in full-time positions throughout the campus. Other key challenges are explored. Recommendations The recommendations based on the findings are organized into the following categories: Recruiting, Applying, Transitioning, Studying, Graduating, and Recommendations Specific to COVID-19.

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