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The Nova Scotia Community College and the Kjipuktuk Aboriginal
College, Halifax have entered into an agreement to enhance
educational opportunities for First Nations students.

The three-year affiliation agreement was signed by Education and
Culture Minister John MacEachern and Jack Buckley, president and
chief executive officer of NSCC, and Bob Backen, president,  and
Joan Glode, secretary-treasurer, respectively, of the Mi'kmaq
Native Friendship Centre which operates the Aboriginal College.
The ceremony was held today at Province House as part of Mi'kmaq
Treaty Day celebrations.

Under the terms of the agreement, both parties will work to
increase the number of First Nations students who enrol in and
successfully complete programs at Kjipuktuk Aboriginal College
and the Halifax campuses of Nova Scotia Community College.

Kjipuktuk Aboriginal College, 2158 Gottingen Street, was
established in 1985. It offers adult educational programs to meet
the needs of native people, including academic upgrading,
computer, secretarial and related training. In addition, students
have access to employment counselling and other support services
available through the Micmac Native Friendship Centre.

The Nova Scotia Community College offers more than 100
post-secondary training and academic programs at campuses across
the province, including the two Halifax campuses. 

The agreement includes the establishment of a joint policy review
committee to review instructional activities at the two colleges,
to encourage joint planning, to collaborate on development and
delivery of identified programs such as academic upgrading
courses, to award diplomas and certificates bearing the
identification of both colleges for programs covered under the
agreement, and to conduct professional development training for
faculty and staff of the two institutions to improve cultural


Contact: Allister Thorne
         Principal Halifax Campuses

         Len Canfield

trp                        Oct. 2, 1995