Indigenous Students Emergency Fund

Summary

Indigenous students disproportionately experience violence, homelessness, food insecurity, and a lack of reliable/affordable access to things like transportation or child care. While many students experience a variation of these things, and the Covid-19 pandemic has made it all the more difficult, there has been an obvious need in previous years to support Indigenous students whose academic success and student wellness have been detrimentally affected by having to simultaneously cope with these things. The Institute of Indigenous Learning at Fanshawe College is working to establish an Emergency Fund for Indigenous Students. The purpose of this fund will be to financially provide and facilitate the necessary resources for Indigenous students in times of need.

Working with both the Share the Land charity concert (put on by the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College) and the Fanshawe Alumni Association we aim to raise the funds to financially provide for students experiencing unforeseen challenges or dangerous/difficult situations. Through the Institute of Indigenous Learning, Indigenous students will have access to this fund for immediate help in emergency situations relating to but not limited to shelter, transportation, child care expenses, food and other financial burdens.

Vision

We want to lessen the financial burden that weighs heavily on anyone that is experiencing or struggling with violence, homelessness, food insecurity, or a lack of reliable/affordable access to things like transportation or child care. We hope this fund will have a positive impact on Indigenous student life at Fanshawe by aiding the Institute of Indigenous Learning to financially accommodate and facilitate any help that may be needed. We would like to see, despite any barriers, more Indigenous students successfully complete their education, and we hope to see more young Indigenous adults in the career field of their choice.

Impact

We want to provide the safest and most supportive learning/study environments and facilitate an increased rate of retention and success among Fanshawe’s Indigenous Students. There is a significant financial barrier when addressing the social determinants of Indigenous student health/wellness, and with the creation of this emergency fund, Indigenous students will more than ever have the support needed for them to engage and flourish in Fanshawe student life.

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