Aboriginal Students

Aboriginal peoples in Canada face multiple and systemic barriers to attaining and succeeding in post-secondary education. A long history of discrimination, including the legacy of residential schools, and chronic government underfunding of Aboriginal education has contributed to low high school completion rates, a widening gap in postsecondary attainment, and the lowest labour market outcomes of any group in Canada.

OUSA has identified a range of barriers that have an impact on the ability of Aboriginal peoples to access and succeed in post-secondary education including: informational, motivational, financial, and social/cultural barriers. In order to address the barriers faced by Aboriginal young people government of all levels and institutions must work to support all willing and qualified Aboriginal students who hope to attend a post-secondary institution.