A Disastrous Gap - How High Schools Have Failed Canada's Aboriginal Students: C.D. Howe Institute

    TORONTO, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - The yawning gap in education levels between
Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals poses a huge social policy challenge in
Canada, according to a study released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In
"Closing the Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal Education Gaps," John Richards reports
on widening Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal education gaps. While younger
Aboriginals are getting more education than previous generations, they have
not kept pace with other Canadians.
    Among Aboriginals living on-reserve, high-school completion rates are
disastrous in Manitoba, at 28 percent, Alberta at 32 percent and Saskatchewan
at 38 percent. Off-reserve, the completion rates are worst in the Northwest
Territories at 46 percent, Manitoba at 63 percent and Alberta at 64 percent.
By comparison, for non-aboriginals, completion rates range from a national
high of 91 percent in British Columbia to a low of 84 percent in Newfoundland.
    Professor Richards argues for creating Aboriginal-run school authorities
that are able to operate on-reserve schools - independent of individual band
councils. Off-reserve, provinces should build on the practices of school
districts that achieve good results.
    The report is available at LINK

For further information:

For further information: Professor John Richards, Graduate Public Policy
Program, Simon Fraser University, (778) 782-5250; Ben Dachis, Policy Analyst,
C.D. Howe Institute, (416) 865-1904

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