Aboriginal Education: Senator Gerry St. Germain

Another Monday, another school day. And for far too many First Nations kids another challenge. Shannen Koostachin was 13 years old when she made a plea for greater opportunities for Aboriginal students. She would die in a car crash two years later. But her desire for an education lives on in many Aboriginal kids who are beating the odds. Today, ahead of meetings with the Prime Ministers and First Nations leaders, we'll hear from Aboriginal teachers, students and from Metis Senator Gerry St. Germaine on what all politicians need to learn about educating Aboriginal kids.





Part Two of The Current

Aboriginal Education: Senator Gerry St. Germain

As Aboriginal leaders get set to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, we're taking a close look at the state of Aboriginal education in Canada. We'll hear what different First Nations communities are doing to try to keep their children in school and best prepare them for the future.

Shannen Koostachin was 13 when she made a plea for equity in November of 2008. She was a student activist from the Attawapiskat First Nation who was driven by the horrible conditions at her community's school. She wanted kids growing up in her community to have the same opportunities for education as Canadian children who weren't from a native reserve.

And this morning, as First Nations leaders get set for tomorrow's meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, there is still a long way to go in addressing the concerns Shannen Koostachin raised.

Gerry St. Germain is a Conservative Senator. He's Metis and he's also the Chair of the Senate's Standing Committee on Aboriginal People. Last month, the committee released a report called Reforming First Nations Education: From Crisis to Hope. Among other things, the report found that in many communities, seven out of 10 Aboriginal students will not graduate from high school.

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