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Educational Funding

Canada Lands include Aboriginal reserves, national parks, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, areas with many opportunities for land surveyors. Therefore, the ACLS has special interest in promoting and increasing involvement in geomatics and land surveying amongst groups across Canada, including Aboriginal peoples.
 
There are currently a number of financial support options available to eligible Aboriginal students wishing to pursue post-secondary education. A few of these support options are outlined briefly below.

The ACLS Geomatics Scholarship Program

Our scholarship program, funded by the ACLS Foundation Inc., has for one of its objectives to both encourage and provide financial reward to members of Aboriginal communities who are currently pursuing a degree or a diploma in the field of geomatics. Three scholarships of $1,500 each are available annually. One scholarship is targeted to an aboriginal student that meets the eligibility requirements. Click here to go to the Scholarship page.

Yukon ACLS Scholarship Program

Awarded to a Yukon student enrolled in a recognized post-secondary institute in any of the following :

  1. Land Surveying
  2. Land Management
  3. Geographic Information Systems, or
  4. Geomatics

For more information, please see the Yukon Foundation website.

Indian Affairs and Northern Development (INAC)

Provides financial support to eligible Status Indians and Inuit students under broad authorities of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Act to continue their education. Click here for a link to the INAC Web page.

Foundation for the Advancement of Aboriginal Youth (FAAY)

The Foundation for the Advancement of Aboriginal Youth (FAAY) is a scholarship and bursary program administered by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). FAAY is dedicated to developing the next generation of Aboriginal leaders by providing them the incentive to stay in school and the financial means to pursue a higher education.
 
Launched in 1994, FAAY is one of CCAB's longest running programs. Since its inception, and with the generous support of our corporate partners, FAAY has assisted over 1,400 students by putting over $2.3 million directly into their hands.
 

Other Links

For more comprehensive guide to Aboriginal student scholarship programs across Canada, see Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (AMMSA)’s Guide to Scholarships and Bursaries available to Aboriginal students at www.ammsa.com/ammsabursary.html
 
For additional information concerning the range of services offered by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, please refer to www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/index-eng.asp