Financial help for aboriginal students and extra assistance for those taking teacher training are key elements of a wide-ranging provincial plan to encourage more First Nations students to enrol in colleges and universities.

The draft strategy will be unveiled today at an aboriginal post-secondary education forum in Vancouver and is likely to go to government for consideration this spring.

The young, dynamic and growing aboriginal population can provide part of the solution to B.C.’s predicted labour shortage provided ways can be found to encourage more students into post-secondary education, Advanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto said in an interview…

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