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New partnership with Indigenous charity to provide support for Western University students

On Tuesday, Western University announced their new partnership with Indspire, an Indigenous-led charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people.

The move is to help 'reduce barriers faced by Indigenous students'

Western University has decided to move its exams online out of an abundance of caution. (Sara Jabakhanji/CBC)

Western University has announced a new partnership with Indspire, an Indigenous-led charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people, to provide financial support for students. 

The partnership, announced Tuesday, will provide students in need with bursaries, scholarships and awards. 

Bursaries of $4,000 will be provided to students in any field of study, with engineering students receiving bursaries of $8,000.

"I am pleased that with this partnership, Western, my alma mater, is taking a significant step in supporting First Nations, Inuit and Métis students to achieve their potential through education," said Indspire's CEO and outgoing president Roberta Jamieson.

Indspire said that matching funds from the federal government will see aid money go even further.

"The government match nearly doubles Western's $500,000 investment over the next five years," the charity explained in a news release.

The university's acting vice-provost and associate vice president for Indigenous initiatives, Candace Brunette-Debassige, called the partnership "a move in the right direction in helping reduce barriers faced by Indigenous students."

"Indigenous students face complex and often compounded barriers in accessing and completing their education, with the lack of financial resources cited as the number one reason they are unable to complete post secondary studies," said Brunette-Debassige.

Jaimeson said she anticipates the investment will transform, not only the lives of students, but also members of their families and ultimately, Canadian society. 

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