SK PSE institutions commit to closing Aboriginal education gap

January 4, 2016

November 20, 2015—The leaders of all 24 postsecondary institutions in Saskatchewan have announced their commitment to work together to close the education gap for Aboriginal people. The province-wide commitment is reportedly the first of its kind in Canada and will see universities, colleges, and polytechnics working together and consulting with Aboriginal communities on how the province can best bring Aboriginal educational attainment up to the same level as non-Aboriginal. The agreement acknowledges the role that Canada’s history of residential schools has played in the current education gap and has pledged to undertake its work in consideration of the findings of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

Postscript: Less than a month after this story, Manitoba introduced the First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework, a initiative designed to ensure that all students and teachers in the province learn about Indigenous history and culture and the legacy of residential schools. In mid-December, every PSE institution in the province signed the Indigenous Education Blueprint to ensure the implementation of recommendations from the TRC. uSask | CBC | Turtle Island News | Times Colonist