The Government of Canada will be providing $50,000 in funding for outfitting, furnishing and buying computers for the University of Manitoba's new Aboriginal House.
The contribution was announced by Parliamentary Secretary, Rod Bruinooge, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians on September 3, 2008. This contribution is part of the Government’s Urban Aboriginal Strategy, which provides support to Aboriginal people living in Canada’s large urban centres.
The Aboriginal House is a facility on the University of Manitoba's Fort Garry Campus that provides support and services to Aboriginal students enrolled in undergraduate studies. Aboriginal House will raise the profile of Aboriginal students on campus, and will enhance the overall learning experience for Aboriginal students both socially and academically. Serving in part as a ‘home away from home’, Aboriginal House will provide a sense of community and give them the support they require to complete their studies.
Lt. to Rt.: Kali Storm, Director of the UM Aboriginal Student Centre; Rod Bruinooge, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians; Robert Kerr, UM Vice-President (Academic)