Retention of Aboriginal Students in Post-Secondary Institutions in Atlantic Canada: An Analysis of the Supports Available to Aboriginal Students (2009)

A collective project between Cape Breton University, Dalhousie University, University of King's College, Memorial University, University of Prince Edward Island, Saint Mary's University and Saint Thomas University

This research project was designed to help Atlantic Canadian postsecondary institutions learn more about how they can enable Aboriginal students to succeed.

Researchers conducted 59 interviews with students from nine Atlantic Canadian postsecondary institutions. Analysis of the data showed that 68 percent of students were aware of services available at their school, with 63 percent reporting that they had used such services. Postsecondary institutions with more visible, accessible resources directed specifically towards Aboriginal students reported higher usage rates.

Aboriginal resource centres and Aboriginal student counsellors were crucial enablers of success. Other positive features included courses in Aboriginal studies or language courses; helpful professors; and financial supports.

Aboriginal students identified racism and discrimination as a significant barrier to success, with students reporting feeling isolated because of their ethnicity. Financial difficulties were also a considerable barrier encountered by students.

The report recommends expanding Aboriginal studies and language courses; increasing Aboriginal representation and input in university affairs; and implementing an Aboriginal retention and recruitment strategy specific to individual institutions.

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Vianne Timmons. Retention of Aboriginal Students in Post-Secondary Institutions in Atlantic Canada: An Analysis of the Supports Available to Aboriginal Students 2009. Web. 24 Nov. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/retention/retention.pdf>
Vianne Timmons (2009). Retention of Aboriginal Students in Post-Secondary Institutions in Atlantic Canada: An Analysis of the Supports Available to Aboriginal Students. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/retention/retention.pdf
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