Better grade school education needed to prepare Indigenous people to work in NWT government

October 19, 2022
Indigenous individuals in rural parts of the the Northwest Territories need better grade school education so that they are prepared to work in the territory’s government, writes Amy Tucker for CBC. Though the territorial government wants to increase the percentage of Indigenous individuals working in the government, Délı̨nę Got'ı̨nę Government councillor Leonard Kenny said that grade school education in smaller communities must be re-evaluated so that students are prepared to take on positions in government. Délı̨nę Got'ı̨nę Government Chief Danny Gaudet described the education system as “really, really bad,” and said that the grade school education provided in his community is so weak that graduates often must upgrade their education to qualify for postsecondary. “We really need to have a real serious conversation about education, because I think in the end, if you work for the public sector, a big chunk of it is you have to have an education,” said Gaudet. CBC (NWT)