First Nation children caught in jurisdiction dispute

Oct 12, 2010

While the provincial government refuses to implement full-day kindergarten on reserves due to jurisdiction dispute, the federal government states that no new investment will be made in those First Nation schools. Instead of trying to find a cooperative solution to this issue, there is much talk about jurisdiction, fingerpointing and accusations. Yet, there is no mention about the children's education and missed opportunities that will result in the long-term from refusing implementation of the full-day kindergarten.

According to the experts, "First Nations students already face hurdles others students do not and are among the province’s most vulnerable children". Approximately 70% of the children living on reserves will not complete high-school, will face unemployment and poverty. These facts should be sufficient to understand the importance of implementing a full-day early learning program in such a vulnerable community.

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