The Enbridge School Plus Program in Canada was established in 2009 in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations to support enrichment programming and extracurricular activities in First Nations schools near major Enbridge operations and rights-of-way. More than 90 First Nations schools are currently eligible for the program.
The overall goal of School Plus is to encourage First Nations youth to stay in school by funding enjoyable enrichment and extra-curricular programs that students would not otherwise experience.
The School Plus Program provides substantial financial support each year to teachers wishing to undertake programs and activities that are not fully funded as part of each school's standard curriculum. Projects from all grade levels, from kindergarten through high school, are eligible for support. Teachers in eligible schools may apply for financial support, up to a maximum grant of $20,000 per project.
Over the past three years, the program has awarded more than $3 million in School Plus grants and benefited more than 10,000 First Nation students in Western Canada, Northwest Territories, Ontario and Quebec.
The program expanded in 2010 to include initiatives that build strength and sustainability in Métis and urban Aboriginal communities. See below to explore some of Enbridge's partnerships created through the School Plus program; a full list can be found in Enbridge's CSR report, either via the web or in PDF form.