Release Date: June 29, 2004
Media Contact: Jim Duggleby
Phone: (306) 585-5439
Fax: (306) 585-4997
CIC announces aboriginal bursary program
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Joint release: Crown Investments Corporation, First Nations University of Canada, University of Regina. Crown Investments Corporation of Saskatchewan (CIC) is providing up to $2 million in bursaries over the next five years for Aboriginal students enrolled in both First Nations University of Canada and the University of Regina.

The bursaries are part of a $20 million program announced last fall to create more opportunities for youth and Aboriginal participation in Saskatchewan's Crown corporations.

"Aboriginal people are a growing segment of our population and they are one of our greatest assets," Crown Management Board Minister Pat Atkinson said. "We anticipate that more than half of our current Crown employees are likely to retire by 2017. We want to ensure that we have skilled, educated people to take their place. We want to help students complete their university education by offering bursaries to those in financial need."

"Perhaps one of the greatest barriers a student faces is financial difficulty," says Dr. Denise Henning, Vice-President, Academics, First Nations University of Canada. "We are very happy to see the commitment by Crown Investments Corporation to contribute dollars in a way that truly empowers our students."

The bursary program is expected to assist about 34 students every year. Bursary recipients will receive $2,500 per semester. They will be eligible to reapply for the bursaries in subsequent years.

"We are very pleased to be working with CIC on a program like this," said University of Regina President David Barnard. "This represents a double opportunity. First, it is an opportunity to ensure the future availability of qualified people, at a time when current leaders in Saskatchewan's work force prepare to exit their careers. Second, it is an opportunity to help make these opportunities available to Aboriginal students whose role in the future of the province will be so important."

To be eligible for the bursaries, students must be Status Indian, non-status Indian, Metis, or Inuit, attending First Nations University of Canada and/or the University of Regina. They must be residents of Saskatchewan for at least the past 12 months, and they must have satisfactory academic standing. They must also demonstrate financial need and the potential to contribute to the Province of Saskatchewan. July 30, 2004 is the deadline for applications for the CIC bursaries for the fall semester.

For more information, contact:
Karen Schmidt
Phone: (306) 787-5889

Gaylene Anaquod
First Nations University of Canada
Phone: (306) 790-5950 (ext. 2600)

Jim Duggleby
University of Regina
Phone: (306) 585-5439