The Government of Canada's overarching goal is to provide First Nation students with quality education that provides them with the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to enter the labour market and be full participants in a strong Canadian economy.
In 2010-11, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) invested approximately $1.5 billion in First Nation K-12 education funding and $317 million in post-secondary education to support First Nation and Inuit students across Canada. This funding was in addition to the approximately $304 million to support infrastructure costs for education facilities. This funding supported approximately 117,500 students in kindergarten to grade 12 and 22,000 post secondary students.
We want to hear from you! First Nation Education – Online consultations
Online consultations on the development of a First Nation Education Act have begun and will continue until April 2013. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) wants to hear from First Nations, leaders, parents, elders, students, education professionals, and anyone else with an interest in the future of First Nation education on reserve. We encourage you to take some time to read the discussion guide and take the online survey (external link, opens a new window) regarding the proposed legislative approach.
For further information on completed school projects over $1.5 million from 2010-2014 funded by Canada's Economic Action Plan and the Gas Tax Fund, please view this detailed chart. Also, take the opportunity to view school projects across the regions in this photo gallery.
In Economic Action Plan 2012 , the Government committed to work with willing partners to introduce a First Nation Education Act that will establish the structures and standards to support strong and accountable education systems on reserve. Budget 2012 invested $100 million over three years to help ensure readiness for the new First Nations education system to be outlined in legislation by September 2014. The budget also committed $175 million to new school projects.
Following the Crown-First Nations Gathering and as part of Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government committed to develop new legislation for First Nation elementary and secondary education on reserve.