by Ravina Bains
August 07, 2014
Numerous studies, parliamentary debates, and public forums have publicized the plight of First Nations (Aboriginal Canadian) education on reserve. Throughout this debate, many myths have been perpetuated. Among them is the falsehood that a 2 percent cap has limited funding growth for First Nations education – in some years, education spending has grown by more than 4.5 percent. Rather than more funding, First Nations schools need more system, structure, and accountability requirements. Provincial-First Nation tuition agreements need more monitoring, so that school boards cannot overcharge First Nations students attending provincial schools. Canada’s funding obligations to these schools have been met, and the desired outcomes have not been reached. It is time to work from facts rather than myths, and to give First Nations students what they really need.