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University of Lethbridge applauds Canada & Mexico’s plan to strengthen educational ties

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the United States Barak Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Neito at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Canada, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Obama traveled to Ottawa for the North America Leaders' Summit. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais).
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the United States Barak Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Neito at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Canada, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Obama traveled to Ottawa for the North America Leaders' Summit. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

LETHBRIDGE – The University of Lethbridge expressed its excitement after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto announced their intention to strengthen educational ties following the Three Amigos Summit Wednesday.

The proposal would make it easier for students in postsecondary institutions, like the University of Lethbridge, to participate in exchange programs between the two countries.

The university issued a statement on Wednesday that said in the past, its international exchange programs with Mexico have had a huge impact on the university community and that it expects more opportunities will be available for students as a result of the new proposal.

The University of Lethbridge also said it believes the stronger educational ties will especially benefit indigenous communities in both Canada and Mexico.

The university, which is located on Blackfoot traditional land, is committed to indigenous studies in southern Alberta as well as nationally and internationally.

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Just last year, the university hosted a group of 25 indigenous women from Mexico as part of a partnership between the U of L and the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The program allowed for the exchange students to learn about First Nations culture in Canada and to practice their skills in English.

The university said it believes by further removing barriers between the two countries, it will not only strengthen educational experiences for students in both countries, but also benefit the whole community.