iA Financial Group says it has committed to supporting Indigenous post-secondary students in Canada by donating $1 million over five years to student bursaries organized by the Indigenous charity Indspire.
Half of the funds will go to students in business programs and the other half will go to the students with the greatest financial need for their education costs. This financial support for Indigenous students is in addition to the $200,000 donated by iA in 2021 to the same student bursary program.
"We are very pleased to support the success of Indigenous students through this donation," said Denis Ricard, president and Chief Executive Officer of iA Financial Group. "This initiative is a reflection of our values and our presence across Canada. We believe in the importance of education to help people succeed, and therefore we are investing more and in the long term in this cause."
‘Reconciliation in action’
Indspire is a national Indigenous registered charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities and Canada.
"Indspire is proud to be working in partnership with iA Financial Group on this very important program," said Mike DeGagné, president and Chief Executive Officer of Indspire. "Not only does it represent a significant new opportunity for Indigenous learners across the country, it is also a tangible sign of reconciliation in action."