Financial Help For Post-Secondary Education


Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards (BBF) program opens doors through education.

Since 2004, Indspire has provided over $115 million in financial support to more than 37,500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. All Building Brighter Futures donations are matched by the Government of Canada allowing us to double the impact for students.  For a complete listing of Building Brighter Futures Supports, please visit


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The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is money that the government will give to the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) of an eligible child. That’s right, free money! You don’t personally need to contribute anything to your child’s RESP to receive the grant, you simply need to open an RESP for your child.

The CLB is money that the Government of Canada deposits directly into a child’s RESP account to help parents save for their child’s education after high school.  It can add to any band funding your child receives.

 The government contributes up to $2,000 in total to an RESP for an eligible child. They’ll contribute $500 the first year your child is eligible, and $100 each year after that your child remains eligible (up until and including the year they turn 15).  Money in your child’s RESP can be used to pay for full-time or part-time apprenticeship programs, trade schools, colleges, or universities after high school.

To apply, you’ll need your child’s SIN number and an open RESP to put the funds into. You have up until your child is 21 to apply for the grant, and it’s retroactive which means that you’ll receive the full amount your child was entitled to in any previous eligible years.

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First Nations Education


Yellowquill College

Yellowquill College has provided First Nations control of First Nations education for almost 36 years, under the governance of the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council.  Yellowquill College is accredited by the National Indigenous Accreditation Board and the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium. More than 2,500 students have graduated.

Yellowquill College currently offers:

  • Mature Student High School Diploma program offered in Winnipeg and delivered in First Nation communities to prepare students for studies at the post-secondary level
  • Employment Training including certificates and diplomas in Business, Certified Aboriginal Financial Management, First Nation Management and Administration, Certified Aboriginal Management, First Nation Community Management, First Nation Child and Family Services, and First Nation Community Health to prepare students directly for the workforce
  • Workshops including computer training, human resource training, case management and management studies as well as upgrading programs are delivered in First Nation communities to provide needed basic skills
  • Professional development and work-related training to enrich the skills of First Nation and other employees


South East Collegiate

Southeast Collegiate serves as a campus for First Nations students during the school year – educating them in a new state of the art school facility and housing them in the adjoining lodge.


Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre

The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc. (MFNERC) provides the province’s leading education, administration, technology, language and culture services to First Nations schools in Manitoba. .

Professional development training is provided for school board members, administrators, teachers and teaching assistants. MFNERC works in partnership with Manitoba First Nations to ensure the highest standards of education are achieved in First Nations schools.