Quebec's only off-reserve Indigenous school set to close after only one year

February 8, 2017

After only five months of operation, the only off-reserve school in Quebec that focuses on Indigenous students’ educational needs will be closed down, reports CBC. The Tshiueten project taught 20 Innu and Atikamekw children from Kindergarten to Grade 2 their Indigenous language and culture in addition to their regular classroom education. The Rives-du-Saguenay board reportedly did not realize the impact that the students' special needs would have on the overall cost of the project, and without the renewal of a $205K provincial grant, the board is unable to fund the program. School board director general Chantale Cyr explains that the program’s costs had risen to six times the cost of educating a child in a regular classroom, as a result of “adding the speech therapists, the social workers, the support for children with disabilities.” Cyr noted that the board would continue the program if it was provided with extra funding. CBC