Census data from 2001 and 2006 have shown that approximately 50% of the on-reserve population aged 25 to 34 have not completed high school, compared to just 10% of the general population.
Since 1996 there has been a two per cent cap on increases for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s education funding, which has failed to keep pace with population growth or inflation.
CFUW has called on the Government of Canada to take action by:
- Increasing funding for Aboriginal education to bring it to par (or higher if need be) to per-pupil funding in school boards across the country; and
- Collaborating with Aboriginal, provincial and territorial governments to ensure designated funding for education on reserves and improve early childhood education, school infrastructure, equipment, books, libraries and information technology resources, student assessment facilities, skills development and culturally sensitive curricula.
See some of our letters & actions:
- CFUW Supports Shannen’s Dream for equitable education. Visit the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society’s website to sign on as an individual supporter
- Letter to Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief, Assembly of First Nations on Aboriginal Education – September 2010
- Letter to John Duncan on Aboriginal Education – September 2010