Alberta working on First Nations education

March 25, 2015

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice announced at the recent Alberta-First Nations Education Summit in Edmonton that the province is working with First Nations leaders to develop a plan to address the achievement gap between Aboriginal students and non-Aboriginal students in the province. “First Nations students are Albertans too, which is why I believe that when it comes to education of First Nations children, the responsibility to get it right is shared by Alberta, First Nations parents and communities, and the Government of Canada,” said Prentice, adding that the province is working on ways to involve the federal government in new initiatives. Prentice also recently announced a new pilot project in partnership with Bow Valley College, NorQuest College, industry, and Aboriginal organizations that will result in training and support for up to 600 Aboriginal learners. Each college will host a new Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centre that will deliver training related to the construction trade. The province has committed $1 M to the project, with $525,000 coming from the colleges, and $750,000 from industry and Aboriginal groups. Alberta News Release (Summit) | Edmonton Sun | Edmonton Journal | Alberta News Release (Pilot Project) | Global News