Aboriginal students at Northern Lights College receive funding

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With many in BC celebrating Aboriginal Day today, the BC government is giving Aboriginal students another reason to celebrate.

Aboriginal students studying at Northern Lights College will be receiving a one-time $75,000 payment from the Ministry of Advanced Education to help expand and create new programs.

The funding will be used for many different activities including engaging directly with Aboriginal communities, to form an Aboriginal Youth Advisory Council and to hold student orientation activities.

The funding is part of the $1 million that is being provided to 14 post-secondary schools.

Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier says the funding will help give students rewarding careers.

“Access to a range of services and supports will enrich the experiences of Aboriginal students at Northern Lights College as they work to complete the training and education that they need to secure rewarding careers.”

The funding is part of the plan the government launched back in 2012 to help improve post-secondray education and training oppurtunities and outcomes for Aboriginal people in BC.