Give First Nations responsibility for their education, report says
A community driven education model with local decision-making powers is being hailed as the way forward for First Nations education, according to a report released today.
The authors of the most recent Northern Policy Institute report, say a Community Schools model will improve the education and life chances of First Nation children and youth.
"A community school-based approach that shifts control of decision-making to local First Nations, stands a far better chance of making a difference and improving the achievement of all First Nations children and youth.”
Building 'sustainable school communities'
The report offers seven major recommendations to improve First Nation school conditions and, ultimately, student success rates, a news release from the institute stated.
The importance of engaging parents, family and community in local governing boards is also emphasized in the report, the institute stated. The report also calls for a review of the adequacy of the proposed implementation funding for First Nation schools, which only provided $63,000 annually to each First Nation in Canada.
"Evidence proves that community school-based renewal, rather than bureaucratic reform, will build sustainable school communities, unlock the First Nations learning spirit at school and truly engage children and youth at schools, on and off First Nations reserves,” author Jonathan Anuik said.
Northern Policy Institute is a not-for-profit organization with offices in Thunder Bay and Sudbury. Its founding funder is Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.