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Workshop Improves Assistance for Aboriginal Student Funding

A workshop aimed at empowering frontline workers to help Aboriginal students more easily access funding opportunities will take place at Northwest Community College (NWCC) Terrace Campus April 3 and 4. The Student Funding Information, Best Practices & Networking Workshop is aimed at employees in northwest BC - such as Band education coordinators, high school counsellors and learning association representatives - who work with Aboriginal students on educational planning and support issues. The two-day event will focus on identifying the financial gaps, barriers and needs of Aboriginal students, and creating linkages between regional service providers. Guest speakers will address a variety of topics including scholarships, bursaries, student loans, childcare and student housing. "This conference is a chance for frontline support workers to network and compare information and practices in order to better serve their clients who are seeking educational opportunities," explains NWCC Student Services Team Leader Dave McKeever. "Though educational support money for Aboriginal students is out there, numerous barriers may prevent learners from getting the financial help they need. A primary goal of this conference is to find solutions to eliminate those barriers." Northwest Community College is hosting the Student Funding Information, Best Practices & Networking Workshop in partnership with Metis Nation BC, the Kitsumkalum and Kitselas Band Councils, and the Kitamaat Village Council. Space is still available. Anyone interested in registering can call Matthew Daratha at 1.877.638.4776 or email reg6reception@mnbc.ca. The conference, including breakfast, snacks, and lunch is free, though participants must arrange their own travel and accommodations. These workshops are coordinated by the BC Aboriginal Post-Secondary and Training Partners and their local partners. Financial support for these workshops is provided by the BC Ministry of Education, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, The First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada and Service Canada.

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