Carleton University is thrilled to share that The Joyce Family Foundation is establishing a $2.5 million endowment to support bursaries for Indigenous students at Carleton. The University will match this gift with an additional $2.5 million to support other Indigenous Initiatives.

This significant investment is an important step towards meeting the objectives of Kinàmàgawin—meaning Learning Together— Carleton’s ambitious Indigenous Initiatives Strategy that was approved in 2020.

The gift will support bursaries, mentorship, Indigenous programming, student recruitment, and create conditions for Indigenous student success at Carleton.

“Our Board acknowledges with great respect the desire to remove the financial barriers to Indigenous students in starting and completing their education at Carleton,” said Maureen O’Neill, executive director. “It is the very goal animating the mission of The Joyce Family Foundation.”

The Joyce Family Foundation Bursaries will be available to undergraduate Indigenous students as well as graduates of the Indigenous Enriched Support Program (IESP) and will provide recipients with up to $20,000 over four years.

“Indigenous students deserve learning opportunities steeped in Indigenous cultural and philosophical traditions, while being wrapped in a blanket of community support,” said Benny Michaud, director of Carleton’s Centre for Indigenous Initiatives. “This is what the Indigenous Enriched Support Program provides and why this endowment is so significant.”

The announcement was made at an event featuring honoured speakers from the Indigenous community and Carleton leaders. President Benoit-Antoine Bacon thanked the Trustees of The Joyce Family Foundation for selecting Carleton as their partner in establishing Joyce Family Foundation Bursaries for Indigenous Students.

Some of the bursaries will be set aside for Algonquin students from Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg and Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation—two Indigenous communities within whose territory Carleton is situated.

Carleton has a diverse population that includes Indigenous Peoples from the Ottawa area and close relationships with local schools with significant numbers of Indigenous students. Carleton is the university of choice for many local Indigenous learners.

The Trustees of The Joyce Family Foundation include: Hon. Ed Lumley, P.C., C.M., Grant Joyce, Steven Joyce, Rob MacIsaac, Aileen O’Rafferty and Michele Thornley.

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