Assembly of First Nations Supports Universities Canada Indigenous Education Principles Aimed at Closing the Education Gap
Assembly of First Nations Supports Universities Canada Indigenous Education Principles Aimed at
Closing the Education Gap
June 30, 2015
(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde commends the leadership of Universities Canada in finding creative and new ideas to ensure that Indigenous students get the same opportunities as other Canadian students to achieve success in post-secondary studies.
“I fully support Universities Canada as they put forward innovative ways to support success for Indigenous education,” said National Chief Bellegarde. “The principles released today include a call for fair and stable funding as a way to help close the gap in education outcomes between First Nations and other Canadians. They are committing to delivering a curriculum that respects our rights and our languages. In these ways Universities Canada is supporting First Nations students as well as First Nations rights and cultures. I look forward to meeting with President Davidson to talk about implementing these principles. This work is tremendously important because education is a top priority and is one path towards reconciliation and a renewed relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.”
Universities Canada yesterday announced it is committed to do its part to close the education gap, recognizing the urgency of this issue for Canada. Closing the gap in education outcomes will strengthen Indigenous communities, assist Indigenous peoples in the drive to self-determination, enhance awareness and understanding amongst Canadians, and contribute to Canada’s long-term economic success and social inclusion. Universities Canada and their members are committed to ongoing communication and collaboration with Indigenous communities as they advocate for fair funding for Indigenous students.
More information on the Universities Canada principles on Indigenous education can be found at: http://www.univcan.ca/media-room/news-and-commentary/universities-canada-principles-indigenous-education/
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Alain Garon AFN Bilingual Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 382; 613-292-0857 or [email protected]
Jenna Young Castro, AFN Communications Officer, 613-241-6789, ext 401; 613-314-8157 or [email protected]