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University of Toronto implements tuition-free initiative for 9 First Nations near its campuses – CBC

Oct 16, 2023

The move is part of the university’s ongoing reconciliation efforts

The University of Toronto has launched a tuition-free initiative for nine First Nation communities in territories adjacent to its campuses in downtown Toronto, Mississauga and Scarborough.

The initiative is part of the university’s efforts to make education more accessible for Indigenous students as outlined in Answering the Call: Wecheehetowin, the 2017 final report of the Steering Committee for the University of Toronto Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

“I think this is a great first step,” said Tristan White, a member of the Mississaugas of the Credit and a student in Indigenous studies and computer science, and one of the students selected.

“I really think that there’s a lot of progress that’s being made when schools — particularly, like, big, mainstream schools like U of T are making progress towards reconciliation … it sets a precedent for other schools to do the same thing.”

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