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IN OUR OWN WORDS
Canada’s universities are helping Indigenous students reach their academic and career goals. Here’s how…
It’s never too late
Vancouver Island University student Julian Stonechild describes his journey to a university education as a mature student and the support he received. Julian is a member of the Muscowpetung First Nation located in Saskatchewan.
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Julian Stonechild, Vancouver Island University:
Here at the Gathering Place, the services for aboriginal students, they – they helped me out immensely. I was unfortunately unable to obtain funding through my band, so they had resources available here on campus that would help me with my dreams of coming back to university.
I’ve chosen to study – to major in First Nations studies with a minor in history, and eventually, after my BA, get into the post-Bac program, get into some teaching, you know, helping – helping the next generation that – that’s coming up.
I took the risk, and you know, the only thing that they could say was no. You know, it’s a 50/50 – you know, that’s the way I looked at it. Either they say yes or they say no. And luckily, they said yes.
Text on screen: [Universities Canada, The voice of Canada’s universities univcan.ca]View Indigenous programs and services at Vancouver Island University