The Enbridge School Plus Program was established in 2009 in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations to support enrichment programming and extracurricular activities in First Nations schools near major Enbridge pipeline routes and our wind farm in Ontario. About 50 First Nations schools are currently eligible for the program.
The overall goal of School Plus is to encourage First Nations youth to stay in school by funding enjoyable extra curricular programs to which students would not otherwise have access.
The School Plus Program provides substantial financial support each year to teachers who wish to undertake programs and activities that are not fully funded as part of each school's standard curriculum. Projects from all grade levels, from kindergarten through high school, are eligible for support. Teachers in eligible schools may apply for financial support, up to a maximum grant of $20,000 per project.
Over the last two years, the program has awarded over 1.3 million in School Plus funding and benefitted more than 6,500 First Nation students in Western Canada and Ontario.
The program expanded in 2010 to include initiatives that build strength and sustainability in Métis and urban Aboriginal communities. Enbridge is proud to partner with the following organizations:
In addition to the current partnerships above, Enbridge also sponsored in 2010 the Gabriel Dumont Institute in support of a teaching resource on the history of the Métis people for public and Catholic schools near our right-of-way.