Federal report highlights educational challenges facing aboriginal peoples living on reserves

June 19, 2015

A new report from the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board highlights a growing “prosperity gap” between Indigenous people and other Canadians. The study found that college completion rates for First Nations people living on reserves dropped from 20.8% to 20.4% between 2006 and 2011, while the rates for off-reserve First Nations people rose from 27.9% to 28.3% and those for non-aboriginals rose from 28.2% to 29.1%. At the university level, completion rates for off-reserve First Nations peoples held at 5.7% over the same period; for those off-reserve, completion rates rose from 9.8% to 11.1%. University completion rates for non-Indigenous students rose over this period from 23% to 25.5%. National Post CBC | Vancouver Sun