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FAQ | Frequently Asked Questions

I wanted to take spring/summer courses, is that possible?

Yes and No; Under Post Secondary Programs the running fiscal budget cannot afford to sponsor during the Spring & Summer months. Please keep that in mind when applying for Sponsorship Under Post Secondary Programs.

Yes, if you are seeking short term sponsorship, you can apply/request information with the Employment & Training Program (Formally known as PATHWAYS). 

I am in College, and my program runs into spring, will I have to complete a spring/summer sponsorship application?

No, we are aware that a college year runs from September to June in a single academic year.  In special cases, some programs such as Cohort (Part-time) programs and extended education programs run all year long. A letter from the institution will state the start and end dates for each academic year and that is what your sponsorship will coincide with.

I applied for sponsorship as a single dependent but I would like to claim my kids as dependents, what can I do to get the extra support?

Under our policy and INAC policy, we can support extra dependents if they are registered band members of Berens River First Nation. If they are not, then you have the choice to follow Band Membership Transfer procedures with our Band Membership Administrator. Once that is complete, provide a letter from INAC or photo copies of your dependents treaty cards.  If your children were formally claimed under social assistance within the last 2 months, a letter from your welfare and social services agency must be provided to prove that your dependents are not being claimed anywhere else. Any fraudulent activities is illegal.

I moved off-reserve to attend my school and have requested moving expenses, will I still be allowed travel back to Berens River?

No. Please be aware that when moving expenses is requested you are also changing your permanent address & no longer eligible for seasonal travel.
Seasonal Travel is only given to students who remain living on-reserve. If you have family to consider, you can get travel for them as well if they qualify as dependents.

If I am ever in a bind and would need to request an emergency loan, can student services assist me?

Technically no, our budget is planned in June and July for the whole year to cover tuition, book and supply costs; however in some circumstances we also considered the unforeseen costs. A contingent amount was budgeted for each student to cover these unexpected fees.  This contingent money is for school related expenses such as security deposits on school owned property, special program clothing & registration fees, anything other non-related to your sponsorship will not be covered by Student Services. 
If your emergency is not directly related to your education, you can take the proper steps to approach and request support from the Band.

If I am in a bind that is school related and need extra support, what can I do?

First and foremost you must write your request in a letter addressed to the Education Committee. Describe the nature of the request and purpose for the support you are asking for. Be specific and thorough; the Education Committee needs to understand your request to make a proper decision.  Be aware that this process does take 3-6 weeks to process, so please allow enough time for the Committee to deliberate and coordinate with our budget to produce an answer.

If you have any questions that we can add to this list, email us: studentservices@berensriver.ca