Indigenous Post-Secondary Learners and the COVID-19 Pandemic


Indigenous Post-Secondary Learners and the COVID-19 Pandemic

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This report was published by Indspire.


The COVID-19 pandemic hit post-secondary learners hard in the Spring of 2020. In the final weeks of their term, faculty members were suddenly required to pivot to online learning. Students who relied on on-campus supports and IT facilities were scrambling as services were shut down. In the Fall of 2020, Indspire continued to hear from Indigenous learners that the pandemic was affecting them in unique and acute ways. Facing extra costs, delays in administrative processes, and shifts in access to supports, Indigenous post-secondary learners were navigating a new system in an already complex experience of pursuing post-secondary education.

Indspire reached out to the Indigenous learners it supports in December of 2020 to understand how their post-secondary studies have changed and to enquire about the challenges and opportunities COVID-19 has brought to them. We asked participants to indicate if they had encountered a series of COVID-19 related experiences, including fundamental physical challenges, such as lacking Internet access or a place to work, as well as the mental and emotional impacts of the pandemic.

Indspire. (2021). Indigenous Post-Secondary Learners and the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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