First nations schools in desperate need of funding and accountability, panel finds
Globe and Mail Tamara Baluja, Kate Hammer February 8, 2012
A federally appointed panel says Canada is in desperate need for increased funding and accountability for first nations schools in order to combat soaring high-school drop-out rates among aboriginal youth.
It recommends new legislation, a First Nations Education Act, that would help accomplish these goals by replacing the current patchwork of programs and initiatives.
“There is no first nations education system that consistently supports and delivers positive outcomes for first nations students in Canada,” said the panel’s chair, Scott Haldane, after releasing the report Wednesday.
The panel made five recommendations for the federal government, including the creation of new legislation, a national first nations education commission, increased funding and improved tracking and reporting of learning outcomes.