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Scholarships will support Indigenous students studying skilled trades

Sudbury partnership includes Vale, Indspire, Cambrian College
Vale and Indspire are providing $150,000 over three years for scholarships for Indigenous students enrolled in skilled trades programs at Cambrian College in Sudbury. (Supplied photo/Cambrian College)

Vale, Indspire and Cambrian College are partnering to offer financial assistance to help Indigenous students studying the skilled trades in Sudbury.

Under the initiative, which will run until 2023, mining giant Vale will be providing $75,000 to Cambrian College to support students in Indigenous communities enrolling in skilled trade programs.

The funds will be matched by the Indigenous charity Indspire, translating to $150,000 over three years.

Each award is valued at $2,500 and will be offered to students enrolling in the following programs: heavy equipment technician, industrial mechanical millwright technician, power engineering, electrical engineering and welding and fabrication technician.

“Through this scholarship, we aim to encourage skilled trades careers and to support Indigenous students through their learning journey,” said Danica Pagnutti, corporate and Indigenous affairs specialist for Vale’s Ontario Operations, in a Sept. 9 news release.

“We’re very pleased to partner with Indspire and Cambrian College on this exciting new learning initiative.”

Indspire, a national organization, partners with Indigenous, private and public sector stakeholders to educate, connect and invest in Indigenous people so they will achieve their highest potential.

More information about the new funding program is available at