Upon reading the recent article U of S rejects non-native bursary
(May 13) I was dumbstruck. How is it that university vice-president Heather Magotiaux can claim "Funding for aboriginal students is not as robust as people assume it to be"? A quick search of the Internet finds that, in fact, there are quite a few scholarships and bursaries available only to persons of aboriginal descent. As a Senior IV student who is looking into scholarships for post-secondary education, I am shocked to see this occur. It is claimed racist to designate a scholarship not be available to one racial group -- what about all of those that I myself am not eligible for, not for my grades, but for the fact that I am a white male?
The donor is entirely right in her assessment of the facts that "This isn't a racist thing, it's a fairness thing." I smell a double standard.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 19, 2009 A13