Political squabbling isn’t serving children – Winnipeg Free Press

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Eighty-five displaced students from Lake St. Martin could be set up in a new school next week if their band leaders agree to play ball with the federal and provincial governments.

That’s far from guaranteed.

The young evacuees had been studying at a former Winnipeg junior high school. It was shuttered last week when the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service found code violations. The band wanted to get the problems fixed and reopen their band-run school. The feds said that wasn’t going to happen.

The government said the students would be split up and placed in Winnipeg public schools. The band said they control the kids’ education and the children must be kept together to preserve their culture and sense of community. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs rang in to protest the government’s decision to disperse the students, drawing parallels to Canada’s residential school history.

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