University of Lethbridge

University of Lethbridge, alongside the Blackfoot Confederacy, is a partner in EleV, a collaborative initiative that is creating opportunities for Indigenous learners to be full partners in their education and journey to work.

Launched in late 2019, with a $15 million commitment over five years from the Mastercard Foundation, the partnership aims to strengthen pathways and transitions to post-secondary education, improve supports on-campus and in community, and align with regional and Nation-specific economic development opportunities.​

The partnership with the University of Lethbridge includes:

  • Provide holistic supports for Indigenous students focused on transitions to post-secondary, addressing financial and other barriers, and strengthening engagement opportunities within the K-12 system.
  • Link academic programming to economic opportunities in the region, including expanding work-integrated learning and developing culturally responsive programming for in-demand sectors. ​
  • Promote entrepreneurship and innovation, support Blackfoot economic development, and build a network of private sector allies.​
  • Deepen Indigenous-led governance and decision-making over the post-secondary to work journey, creating new models for deep partnership.