UOI OFFICES, Nipissing First Nation, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Anishinabek
Nation leaders are urging the provincial government to adhere to the
Drummond Report recommendation to put "strong pressure" on the federal
government to fund on-reserve First Nations education equal to
per-student provincial funding for elementary and secondary education.
The report says if the federal government fails to do so, Ontario
should provide the necessary funding.
"Underfunded programs, like education, are a big area where First
Nations across the country continue to struggle while Canada prospers,"
says Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. "We need immediate action.
We need a First Nation education system, not band-aids on agreements
and policies that are failing First Nations children and youth."
Madahbee said some of the Drummond Report's 362 recommendations
regarding Ontario's economy would undoubtedly create greater hardship
for First Nations families.
"But spending the same to educate our kids as others is a no-brainer",
said the Grand Council Chief.
The United Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which
Canada is signatory, says that Indigenous individuals, particularly
children, have the right to all levels and forms of education of the
State without discrimination.
The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its
secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member
communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people.
The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in
Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires,
which existed long before European contact.
SOURCE Anishinabek Nation
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