Secondary to Post-Secondary Transitions

Welcome to the Secondary to Post-Secondary Transitions page for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students. The information provided here will help you to understand some of the strategies that work for this particular transition.

A video resource is also provided below!

The following are Best Practices for Secondary to Post-Secondary Transitions selected from ONECA’s Aboriginal Student Transitions Project (2011), and from “Walk in Our Moccasins: A Comprehensive Study of Aboriginal Education Counsellors in Ontario (2010)”.

  • Excursions to post-secondary institutions that are live or web-based
  • Attend cultural, social and academic events at colleges and universities
  • Meet the staff and orientate with services at the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Units at colleges/universities
  • Parental and community involvement with transition events (Grade 12 graduation)
  • Develop a career pathway plan for students that involves the secondary guidance department and potential post-secondary institutions
  • Offer workshops on bursaries and scholarships available to First Nations, Métis and Inuit students
  • Host an application for post-secondary funds/sponsorship to First Nations, Métis and Inuit students
  • Academic skills, resources, training and services
  • Research and familiarity with programs and services available to First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in the city or town or location of school
  • Personalized tours of college/university that identifies location of classes, cafeteria, library and other essential services for students
  • Mentorship and buddy programs that link students to a support network

For a specific perspective on this particular transition, go back to the HOMEPAGE and select one of the following: Education Counsellors, Students, Parents/Guardians, Other Professionals or Communities.   There you will also find a list of web resources specifically tailored for that group.