ON announces $34M investment in nursing, PSW programming at Indigenous institutes

The Government of Ontario has announced that it will be increasing nursing and personal support worker (PSW) program enrolment at six Indigenous institutes with a $34M investment. The Anishinabek Educational Institute, First Nations Technical Institute, Kenjgewin Teg, Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: The Wenjack Education Institute, Seven Generations Education Institute, and Six Nations Polytechnic will receive funding over four years to provide culturally responsive education and training pathways to learners. The funding will also support program development and expansion, student subsidies, and the enhancement of Indigenous knowledge and language. “Indigenous Institutes have unique capacities to provide pathways to health care education that link our learners to community health care employers,” said SNP President Rebecca Jamieson. “This funding is critically important as we collectively work to recover from a global pandemic while continuing to create positive paths forward from our collective experience of inter-generational trauma and loss of language and culture.”