Bill C-33 woefully inadequate, says Queen's University expert
Queen’s University Aboriginal education expert Lindsay Morcom is available to discuss Bill C-33 being shelved earlier this week.
Amongst others, major reforms of B C-33, or the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, include aligning education standards with provincial standards off-reserve, proper teaching certifications and attendance requirements for students.
“The proposed First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, while an improvement over the status quo, presents serious shortcomings that risk the educational futures of First Nations youth,” says Dr. Morcom. “It requires compliance with provincial or ministerial curricula, and ignores the need for language immersion or culture-based education.”
Dr. Morcom says that in the current system, Aboriginal children only have a 39 per cent chance of graduating from high school.
“This bill, which does provide adequate funding, does not include additional funding for language and culture needs, does not endorse language immersion, and requires English or French to be the language of instruction in addition to First Nations languages, is woefully inadequate, and jeopardizes the futures of First Nations children. That, in turn, is costly to all Canadians both financially and socially.”
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