I’m just not seeing how you draw the parallel. The mere fact that I am in favour of one type of funding but not in favour of another type is hardly inconsistent.
We’re dealing with two completely different things here. Were the First Nations students in question already attending post-secondary schools or programs, and it was found that they were making less headway than their counterparts of other races, then I’d be all for this funding.
However, throwing money at a statistic probably won’t change it. Really, my main point it simply that this type of funding should be colourblind. There are deserving kids from every race and ever walk of life. Very few students these days don’t graduate High School without some aspiration regarding post-secondary education. Many of them won’t get it. Who cares if a large number of these people are Natives. A large number are white, black–whatever.
All hard working students deserve the chance to continue their education past High School. Why should some statistic make it so that someone is less likely to get that kind of funding because they’re white?
And again, if other people are going to weigh in. I’d like to know what people think about a bursary in the award booklet in which “preference is given to a white student”. If I remember correctly, there are several in which preference is given to a Native student.
But then again, cheap gas, lower tuition, funding for extracurricular programs–I really don’t think we do enough to help First Nations students succeed.