About the Community
For over a century, Indigenous peoples in Canada have faced systemic oppression as a result of racism and colonialism. This has greatly impacted their access to education, particularly education that is culturally-appropriate and reflective of their histories, cultures, and languages. When these educational themes are offered, Indigenous students can experience school as a place for cultural affirmation and empowerment.
Today, many jobs require a Grade 12 education. In Edmonton, there are currently over 150,000 people (15 years and older) that have not acquired this level of education. Research and statistics demonstrate that there is a correlation between education levels and employment. Closing the education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples could result in an additional $1.6 billion in income earned by over 114,000 Indigenous workers in Alberta.
About Pathways Edmonton
At Pathways to Education, we are focused on building honourable partnerships with Indigenous students, families, and communities. Pathways programming in Edmonton is delivered in partnership with the Canadian Native Friendship Centre (CNFC), the first Friendship Centre to deliver the Pathways Program in Canada. Since 1962, CNFC has offered after-school family programs, junior and senior high school support, career planning, and job boards to Edmonton's Indigenous youth.
CNFC believes that education is the key to self-sufficiency and self-determination, and that Pathways Edmonton represents an opportunity for communities, educational institutions, and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people to walk the road of knowledge-sharing together. CNFC has a strong cultural program and existing relationships with Knowledge Keepers and Elders who will be engaged in Pathways programming.
Pathways Edmonton is located at:
Canadian Native Friendship Centre
11728 – 95 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5G 1L9
How to Join
Pathways Edmonton enrolment is open to self-identifying Indigenous students within our local partner school boards. For more information, please contact CNFC at [email protected].