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Recipients of scholarship and bursaries announced.

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Health minister David Dingwall and the bursary and scholarship review board announced in March that 38 Aboriginal students have been awarded scholarships of $1,000 each for the 1995-1996 school year. Fifty-four students have been awarded bursaries of varying amounts. The scholarship and bursaries were awarded as part of the Indian and Inuit Health Careers Program.

In making the announcement, Dingwall indicated that this program plays an important part in training young Aboriginal health professionals and para-professionals.

"These students have earned the unique opportunity to contribute to the increasing autonomy of Aboriginal health services in Canada and I am pleased that Health Canada can help them continue their education," he said.

Funding for the IIHCP was increased from $100,000 to $300,000 in October, 1994, making it possible to triple the number of bursaries and scholarships available through the program.

IIHCP was established in 1984 to increase the representation of Aboriginal peoples in the health professions. The program was specifically designed to encourage and support Aboriginal participation in education opportunities leading to professional and para-professional careers in health care.

From 1984 to the present school year, 319 students have been awarded bursaries based on financial needs. From 1988 (the year the scholarship component was introduced) to the present school year, 175 scholarships have been awarded based on academic achievement.

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 1995 federal budget and is built into the existing fiscal framework.
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