NS Mi’kmaq graduation rate reaches “amazing” levels, yields $600M, 10-year agreement with Canada

March 20, 2019

The graduation rate of Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq students has risen from 30 to 90% in the last 20 years, according to the Canadian Press, and the Government of Canada has recognized the NS Mi’kmaq community by signing a 10-year education agreement worth $600M. Chief Leroy Denny of the Eskasoni First Nation in Cape Breton stated that the province’s Mi’kmaq First Nations originally did not have their own schools and students had to be bused to other communities. “It was a dream -- a dream that if the Mi'kmaq could control our own education that we could reach levels never believed possible by Canadians,” said Denny. “We know that our youth will grow into strong, proud Mi'kmaq when they are given the opportunity to learn in an environment that values the strengths of Mi'kmaq language and culture.” CP reports that the high school graduation rate among First Nation students in the province is now considerably higher than the national average for students living on reserve.

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