Indigenous education gap costs SK more than $1B per year, says report

June 29, 2016

The education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Saskatchewan costs the province more than $1B every year, according to a new report. The report also indicates that the gap in educational achievement remains the most significant barrier to raising Indigenous participation in the SK economy. “Making sure that we’re moving the needle in terms of the education, and closing that education gap, will ultimately affect employment (in Saskatchewan),” said Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority President Alex Fallon. University of Saskatchewan economist Eric Howe explained that closing the Indigenous education gap could bring up to $90B in economic benefits to SK over the lifespan of its current population.