Athabasca University supports Beaver House First Year Backpacks program
There are more than 200 Indigenous youth heading back to school this month with backpacks full of supplies, thanks to the Beaver House First Year Backpacks program.
Athabasca University (AU) is proud to support Windspeaker Media on this initiative to make sure rural and remote learners are set up for success, which just as important at the start of your educational journey as it is at the end.
“Last year we started out with just over 100 backpacks, filled with supplies, to deliver to Indigenous students in Northern Alberta. This year we were able to do just over 200,” said Carla Jamison, Media Marketing Executive with Windspeaker Media. “Support from our helpers like Athabasca University is helping kids start their educational career off with excitement and enthusiasm!”
Last year the program saw just over 100 backpacks delivered, and the increase this year means helping more students start off on the right foot.
The backpacks this year are provided to students in six northern Alberta communities: Bigstone Cree Nation, Loon River First Nation, Peerless Trout First Nation, Woodland Cree First Nation, Lubicon Lake, and Whitefish Lake First Nation.
AU’s model of open and online education means learners in those communities who are further along in their educational journeys will be able to access a world-class post-secondary education.
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