National forum discusses how to improve Indigenous student education

March 8, 2017

Over 2,000 delegates recently gathered in Calgary for the First Nation Directors of Education National Forum, where they discussed how to improve education for Indigenous youth from K-PSE. “There is a lot of inequality, a lot of gaps. There’s an imbalance on reserves, not enough books, computers, even teachers,” said Perry Bellegarde, National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations. “We’re faced with a suicide epidemic because our young people are missing out on hope and inspiration. We need to find the balance, learn math, science, literacy, but also learn language and culture.” Delegates discussed the low per capita federal funding for students on reserves, as well as the need for more supports and training for teachers who may not be currently equipped with the knowledge they need to discuss Indigenous history, language, and culture. Calgary Herald