Plain Talk 11

First Nations Control of First Nations Education

Explores the inherent right of First Nations to develop education policies that meet the needs of learners.


The graduation rate for First Nations schools has not risen above 35% since 1996. However many First Nations that have taken control over education, like the Mi’Kmaw Kina’matnewey in Nova Scotia, have achieved consistent graduation rates above 87%.

It is important that educators and the broader community understand clearly why First Nations People feel so strongly that First Nations be able to exercise their inherent right to education by developing their own policies and laws to provide linguistically and culturally-appropriate education that meets the individual and collective needs of their learners.

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