Report observes "distressing" dropout rate among Quebec Aboriginal students

April 29, 2011

The large gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal education levels is the most important factor in explaining the poverty level among Quebec's Aboriginal population, concludes a new C.D. Howe Institute report. Comparing outcomes within Quebec's Aboriginal identity groups to results for other Quebecers, and for Canadians overall, the report finds the province's Aboriginal education outcomes rank below the national average, which itself is "disturbingly low." The report makes 6 recommendations to improve Aboriginal educational outcomes, in Quebec and the rest of Canada; among them is that the provinces should aggressively encourage Aboriginal PSE students to become teachers, and aspiring teachers in school districts with sizeable Aboriginal cohorts should have strong knowledge of Aboriginal culture and history. C.D. Howe Institute News Release | Read the report