Fanshawe College and the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation (COTT) are teaming up to bring post-secondary education to people on-reserve.
Both parties identified education as an issue for First Nations people and collaborated to offer the Personal Support Worker program.
10 students are enrolled in the program, which began on October 3rd.
“Partnerships with Canada’s educational institutions like the one we have with Fanshawe helps to write a new history of education for First Nations living in their communities,” Chief Leslee White-eye said. “The program is designed to meet community job shortages, while providing quality programming close to home in a supportive learning environment created for the people of Chippewa of the Thames First Nation.”
COTT is located 30 kilometres south of London with a population of 2,862.
The College currently has more than 500 Indigenous students on campus, with many of them from Southwestern Ontario.
The two parties celebrated their partnership in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.