Debates of the Senate  
1st Session, 41st Parliament,Volume 148, Issue 20
  Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Question Period: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

University of the Arctic

Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, with regard to the answer to Senator Dallaire about education, the leader said this government is committed to increasing educational opportunities for young Aboriginal Canadians, yet at the same time, they have cut funding towards the University of the Arctic. Previously, the university received funding of about $700,000 over a number of years, and now that is being chopped to $150,000.

As honourable senators know, in the Arctic, there is a wealth of young people probably 50 per cent are under the age of 25 and there are positions open, but they do not have the training. Therefore, how can the leader say the government is committed to increasing opportunities for education for Aboriginal youth when they are cutting funding to the University of the Arctic?

Hon. Marjory LeBreton (Leader of the Government): The government made a commitment. There were two parts to this commitment. There was also a commitment from the other side to participate in this funding. That did not happen. However, the government is continuing to work to find proper ways to extend and participate in the education of young Aboriginals.