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School of Policy Studies

Widening education gap leaves aboriginal Canadians further behind

The Globe and Mail, 7 October 2013
by Joe Friesen 

Once aboriginal students finish high school, they are about as likely as the rest of the population to start postsecondary education. The problem: They are much less likely to graduate. Closing that gap is one of this country's greatest public-policy challenges.

The number of aboriginal people with university degrees has nearly doubled over the past decade, yet the gap in education levels between aboriginal and other Canadians has only grown wider.

Closing that gap is one of Canada's greatest public-policy challenges. New projections show that under current conditions the post-secondary attainment of aboriginal Canadians will not catch up to the rest of the population "any time soon." At best, progress is stagnant; at worst, it's showing alarming signs of decline, according to research by Catherine Gordon and Jerry White of Western University.

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