Provincial funding announcement for Indigenous education celebrated by U of M president
Manitoba government announces new program funding and increase to operating grants
Premier Selinger today announced his government will continue to invest in post-secondary education in Manitoba with particular attention to Indigenous education.
The province committed to support Indigenous programming at universities and colleges, including support for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.
In addition, the province will increase operating grants to universities by 2.5 per cent next year, providing much-needed funding for Manitoba’s universities.
“Today’s investment is great news for post-secondary institutions in Manitoba, particularly the University of Manitoba,” said David Barnard, president and vice-chancellor. “I am delighted Premier Selinger continues to share our vision for and commitment to Indigenous education and support for the next generation of Indigenous leaders in our province.”
The province’s announcement will support the work already underway at the University of Manitoba with regard to increasing access for Indigenous students and supporting campus indigenization as recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Barnard adds, “Today’s announcement is much welcomed by the university as we focus on responsibly managing our resources to enhance our academic and research programs for the benefit of our students and all Manitobans.”
In addition to his position as president of the University of Manitoba, Barnard is also chair of the Council of Presidents of Universities in Manitoba (COPUM).
Speaking on behalf of COPUM at today’s announcement, Barnard said: “We view the provincial funding support as a positive move forward for all post-secondary institutions in Manitoba, but it will still require all universities to continue being very prudent in their spending.”