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Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has not transferred over the responsibilities of Education to Cold Lake First Nations.  We are the only Band in Western Canada who does not have the responsibility of Education and will continue with this part of the agreement to protect the Cold Lake First Nations Treaty Agreement.

Therefore, sponsorship is provided directly through INAC for our 6(1) members and C (3) members.  Freehorse Wellness Society is responsible for the sponsorship of our 6(2) members.
If you are unaware of what section your status fall under, please feel free to contact CLFN Education Department or INAC to verify your information.

Listed below are six options that you may apply for Sponsorship.  You may apply to more than one sponsor, however, should you get approved from more than sponsor you can only select one to fund you.

Sponsorship Options

  • 1. Indigenous and Northern Affairs

    CLFN Members can print off a copy from the INAC website or pick up the Post-Secondary Guidelines and Application Booklet at the CLFN Education Department.

    630 Canada Place Erin Kramer 780-901-6605
    9700 Jasper Avenue This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Edmonton, AB T5J 4G2 Angela Healy 780-616-5146
    Website:  www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     
    SPONSORSHIP
    Levels of Sponsorship; There are 5 levels of sponsorship depending on the type of program you are registered in. Please note the eligible sponsorship months at each level of programming.

    UCEP: University and College Preparation – 1 academic year (8 months) maximum

    Level 1 - Certificate or Diploma – 2 academic years (16 months) maximum

    Level 2 - Undergraduate Degree – 4 academic years (32 months) maximum

    Level 3 - Professional Degree or Master’s Degree – 2 academic years (18 months) maximum

    Level 4 - PhD Degree –or equivalent – 4 academic years (32 months) maximum

    Note: Should students experience extenuating circumstances that require them to extend the length of their program, beyond these eligible sponsorship months, students are responsible to communicate with the program officer to inquire about an extension. Extensions to programs are not guaranteed, and will be considered using the discretion of the program officer.

    Deadlines

    Sponsorship application forms must be submitted to INAC by midnight (Mountain Standard Time) of the application deadline dates. Be aware that providing incomplete information on the application form will result in the application being sent back to the student to be completed and resubmitted by the deadline. The deadlines for applications are as follows, although you are encouraged to submit applications earlier than these dates:

    Spring/Summer Intersession (May - August): MARCH 1st
    Fall/Winter Term (September - April/June): JUNE 15th
    Winter Term (January - April/June): OCTOBER 15th

    The date of submission will be counted from the time when the program officer receives the complete application. Therefore if an incomplete application is submitted it is the responsibility of the student to submit all necessary changes or additions prior to the application due date for it to be considered “on time”.

  • 2. Freehorse Family Wellness Society

    CLFN members can print off a copy from Freehorse Family Wellness Society website or pick up the Post-Secondary Guidelines and Application Booklet at the CLFN Education Department.

    2nd Floor, 5333-91 Street  General Email
    Edmonton, AB T6E 6E2This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Website:  www.freehorse.org 
    Phone #:  780-944-0172  

     

    New for the 2017-18 academic year: All students will have to submit a copy of their previous year’s tax assessment, showing Total Income, as part of their application required documentation. Also, if married (including common law), students will have to submit a copy of their spouse’s previous year’s tax assessment, showing Total Income, even if not claiming their spouse as a dependent. Eligibility for living allowance sponsorship may be affected by individual and/or total household income.

    Members may have given consent for your funding officer to discuss your funding with your parent, spouse, etc., this is for us to be able to share occasional information, if necessary. Communication on a more regular basis needs to be directly with you, our student. For this reason, as of January 1, 2017, FFWS Funding Officers will only communicate regularly with their students. Please add your Funding Officer’s email address to your email’s contact list.

     

    Application Deadlines:

    Fall and winter (September – December/April):June 15th
    Winter Term – (January – April):October 15th
    Spring and summer (May – August):March 15th

    Applications Forms must be submitted to FFWS by midnight (Mountain Standard Time) of the application deadline dates. Be aware incomplete applications will be sent back to the student to be completed and resubmitted by the deadline. FFWS does not accept applications by fax or email.

    Late Applications will be waitlisted and may be reviewed if funds become available.  Students planning to attend the Winter Term only should still apply by June 15th. It is recommended that applicants not wait until the winter deadline (October 15).

  • 3. Advancing Futures

    CLFN Members can print off a copy from the Advancing Futures website or pick up the Post-Secondary Guidelines and Application Booklet at the CLFN Education Department.

    Advancing Futures Bursary ProgramFax:  (780)644-6905
    3rd Floor, Sterling PlaceEmail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    9940 – 106 Street  website:  www.humanserves.alberta.ca
    Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2N2Phone:  780-415-0085

    Eligibility Criteria

    Applicants must be a resident of Alberta and applicants must have:

    1. Had a Permanent Guardianship Order (PGO) between the time they were 13 and 18 years old, OR
    2. Have been in the care or custody of Ab Human Services for at least 546 days (18 months) between the time they were 13 & 24 years old.

    Below is a list of Intervention Services that may be included in the calculation of 546 days in the care or custody of Alberta Human Services: 

    1. Apprehension Order
    2. Custody Agreement with Guardian
    3. Custody Agreement with Youth
    4. Custody Order
    5. Emergency Apprehension
    6. Enhancement Agreement with Youth
    7. Interim Custody Order
    8. Order to Extend Custody/T.G.O to three years
    9. Support and Financial Assistance Agreement
    10. Temporary Guardianship Order
    11. Permanent Guardianship Order

    Applicants must be between 18 and 25 years old at the time they apply to Advancing Futures.  If you are not sure if you are eligible to receive the bursary, please call them.

    Levels of Sponsorship:

    1. New post-secondary program students (have not received funding from Advancing Futures)
    2. Returning post-secondary program students
    3. Academic upgrading Applicants -obtaining their high school equivalency through adult education if it is a requirement for entry into a post-secondary program
    4. Earning a license or certificate
    5. Learning a trade

    The program is open to full- or part-time students enrolled in an Alberta school. The program provides funding and support to youth in achieving their educational goals and assists them in obtaining meaningful employment.

    Deadlines

    Anytime during the upcoming academic year (September to August)June 1st
    Anytime between January and August of the following year.October 1st
    Anytime between May and August of the same year.February 1st

     

    Applications that are received after the above deadlines will be deferred to the next application period.

  • 4. Alberta Student Loan

    The last resort CLFN members can apply for an Alberta student loan, the website and contact information is listed below.  (if you have any questions or concerns with the application please call the number provided)

    Student Aid AlbertaCourier Address (no public access)
    Box 28000 Station MainStudent Aid Alberta
    Edmonton, AB T5J 4R47th Floor, 9940- 106 Street, Edmonton, AB. T5K 2V1
    Phone:  1-855-606-2096 
    Website:  www.studentaid.alberta.ca 

     

  • 5. National Student Loans Service Centre

    The last resort CLFN members can apply for a student loan, the website and contact information is listed below.  (if you have any questions or concerns with the application please call the number provided)

    National Student Loans Service Centre

    P.O. Box 4030

    Mississauga ON L5A 4M4

    Toll Free:  1-888-815-4514

    Canadian operator No. 0800 096 0634 and then

    Call them collect at 905-306-2950

    Website:  www.csnpe-nslsc.cibletudes-canlearn.ca

  • 6. NIB Trust Fund

    CLFN members can print off a copy from NIB trust fund website or pick up the Post-Secondary Guidelines and Application Booklet at the CLFN Education Department.

    Nicole Callihoo, NIB Trust Fund Program Director Toll-free:  1-888-268-0520
    Toll-Free:  1-888-268-0520 ext. 238 Fax:  613-686-6757
    Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
      Website:  www.nibtrust.ca

    Eligibility:  “Individuals” are individual First Nation or Métis citizens over the age of 18 with a valid social insurance number.  Individual applications will be funded for post-secondary education, training and certification and cultural, traditional, and language knowledge building.  Individuals do not require special status as recognized by Canadian Revenue Agency.

    Applicants can apply for and receive up to $20,000.00

    Sponsorship

    The NIB Trust Fund-Individual Calls for Applications will be available every year in the spring months.  There is a competitive application process to access funding through NIB Trust.  Funding is available to individuals; an application process and form for each.

    NIB Trust Fund will be releasing the 2017-2018 Call for Individual Applications in April 2017 with a deadline for early June 2017 and strive to disburse approved funding by September 2017.

    Payments from the NIB Trust Fund for education programs for individuals include, but are not limited to:

    1. Scholarships, bursaries, or financial assistance for costs associated with attending post-secondary institutions;
    2. Financial assistance to individuals to access opportunities in arts, science, or athletics;
    3. Funding to applicants that will assist First Nations and Métis with job skills training;
    4. Support for research of First Nations and Métis culture, history, and language to inform curriculum development and educate the public; and/or
    5. Support to foster personal development by providing access to programs that address harms resulting from Indian Residential schools, including access to counselling, family development and health promotion

    Eligible activities include but are not limited to:

    1. Universities, colleges, cegep;
    2. Trade or training schools;
    3. Technical training for career advancement;
    4. Programs which promote the preservation, reclamation, development or understanding of First Nations or Métis history, cultures or languages;
    5. Cultural education-traditional, ceremony knowledge building;
    6. Strengthen education and employment training; or
    7. Foster community and personal development, including access to counselling and other programs to heal communities from harms caused by the Indian Residential Schools.

    Funds can be disbursed through scholarships, bursaries, and awards and can be used for a variety of educational expenses such as:

    1. With respect to traditional education programs, Elder fees, guide fees, equipment, supplies, travel, fuel and other similar incidental costs;
    2. Tuition and associated fees;
    3. Transportation;
    4. Accommodations;
    5. Meals; and
    6. Other living expenses incidental to the participation in educational programs.
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