More First Nations students to get driver ed
The Saskatchewan government says it will make sure driver education is provided to all eligible high school students — including those who go to school on reserve.
Having the provincial government pay for on-reserve driver education was one of the recommendations in a report released Monday aimed at improving aboriginal graduation and employment rates.
On Tuesday, the province said it will make sure reserve schools that don't have driver ed will get the programs.
Crown-owned Saskatchewan Government Insurance, which runs the province's high school driver ed program, will spend $1.7 million to offer the course at more reserve schools.
Only a handful of them currently offer it.
The joint task force on improving education and employment for First Nations and Métis people said that while driver education is standard for many high school students in Saskatchewan, the same doesn't apply on reserves.
It's a crucial job issue, because many people need cars to get to their workplaces or to look for jobs.
The province says the change will make driver education available to about 2,600 more students.
The province says SGI will talk to the federal government and First Nations bands about financing the program, although it will pay the costs up front.