There are plenty of examples of what is wrong with the state of First Nations education across Canada. Almost too many to name. Students on reserves generally have fewer educational opportunities and resources than other Canadians. It is little wonder, then, that dropout rates among aboriginal Canadians are many times higher.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has pledged to make native education a priority, meets with aboriginal leaders next week and education is on the agenda.
In order to really improve both the education system, and outcomes for aboriginal Canadians – and doing so is imperative – it is important to understand the success stories as well as the failures.