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COVID-19 Métis Student Supports Update

By Desirae Barker

Jul 7, 2020

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April 2020, The Gabriel Dumont Scholarship Foundation launched the COVID-19 Emergency Bursary for Métis Students.

Funds for the bursary were gathered from internal sources and a $17,000 contribution from Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship (SIOS). As of June, 408 Métis students have been granted bursaries for a total of $192,350 under the program.

On June 4, GDI partnered with the MasterCard Foundation to further support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership gifted GDI with $250,000 in immediate support for Métis students.

The partnership included other Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions such as; the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT), and the University of Saskatchewan (USask). In total, the Mastercard Foundation gifted the institutions a shared total amount of $840,000.

All emergency funds received are used to provide; immediate access to technological solutions for distance learning, which included laptops and internet service to students, access to mental health and wellness resources, and direct supports to help meet basic needs like rent, childcare, and medications.

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