Canada announces $500 M for First Nations school infrastructure

December 3, 2014

The federal government has announced $500 M for First Nations school infrastructure, as part of a larger $5.8 B infrastructure package. The amount matches that announced as part of the 2014 budget, and the amount announced in February as part of the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act (FNCFNEA), the controversial legislation that was paused by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) when Chiefs opposed it. The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has responded, stating the funding “falls short of what is needed right now and is stretched over a longer time period.  Until we address real needs and a new approach to First Nations education, First Nations children will fall further behind.” The federal government has not confirmed any details around the funding. The AFN is calling on the government to reaffirm its commitment to increase funding for Aboriginal education and to engage in education reform through an “honourable process.” CBC | APTN News | AFN News Release