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SOURCE Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Proposed Legislation to Focus on Better Outcomes for First Nation Students
THUNDER BAY, ON, Feb. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Today Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt addressed the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce to discuss important reforms in First Nations elementary and secondary education.
Highlights of the speech included:
The Minister also spoke of how the Government of Canada is investing in nearly 4,000 First Nations youth from across the country to provide skills training and job readiness activities under enhancements to the Income Assistance Program delivered on reserves.
The Government of Canada continues to take concrete steps to create the conditions for more prosperous, self-sufficient First Nation communities. Investing in First Nations elementary and secondary students and jobs and skills training for youth will lead to their greater participation in the economy, healthier First Nation communities, and a stronger Canada.
"Our Government firmly believes that First Nation students across Canada deserve access to a school system with the structures and supports that are available to non-First Nation students across Canada. The First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act will be good for First Nations, it is good for Canadians, and it is good for our country's future."
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Minister Valcourt's Speech to Chamber of Commerce (hyperlink)
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