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Elijah Harper Scholarship Fund

As with all other institutions of Christian higher education, tuition scholarships are a significant draw for students wanting to study. This is even truer for Indigenous students for various reasons including the fact that many, though not all, band councils are leery of Christian education. It is also the case that Indigenous students are believed to be able to access funds from their bands or from federal government educational support programs. While some are, the vast majority cannot.

Perhaps one of the most recognizable persons in Canada’s recent history with Indigenous people is Elijah Harper. A Cree man from Manitoba, Elijah is recognized for his significant influence in the affairs of Canadian politics. What many people do not know, however, is that Elijah was a man of deep faith in Christ – a faith instilled in him by his father, Alan B. Harper, a pastor of over fifty years. He was also deeply committed to the need for Indigenous education, including theological education. He, like another Cree man, understood that “Education is the New Buffalo”, a reference to that which has the capacity to provide for our needs and ensure our survival.

Elijah was also, and most importantly a personal and long-time friend to NAIITS. Elijah’s wife, Anita, and family have consented to our use of Elijah’s name and image to promote and develop a significant scholarship fund for Indigenous theological education.
The fund will be used to assist students in financing their graduate and post-graduate studies through merit-based scholarships, and will be offered in two ways. First, direct scholarships will be made from what it is hoped would be an annually renewed pool of money. Secondly, a campaign to create an endowed fund from which the interest would be annually made available to scholarship students will be created. Both the annual and endowed fund will be stewarded and awards made by a committee consisting of members of the Board, faculty, and graduates.

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NAIITS - An Indigenous Learning Community
NAIITS An Indigenous Learning Community (formerly the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies) is one of two members of Indigenous Pathways (IP), a nonsectarian, non-profit organization dedicated to working together with the Indigenous community NAIITS’ focus within IP is the development and articulation of Indigenous perspectives in theology and practice. We encourage Indigenous learning styles and world views in our instruction as we facilitate the development of a body of work addressing biblical, theological, and ethical issues from Indigenous perspectives. NAIITS currently has five program partnerships offering graduate, and post-graduate degree or award programs.
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