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Indigenization as one path to reconciliation

By Brenda Austin-Smith and David Newhouse      

The Liberal government has taken action to close that gap over the last few years, but it remains neither fair, nor rational, that in 2020, First Nations children on reserve receive at least 30 per cent less funding for their education as do children under provincial jurisdiction.

Women, pictured on Sept. 30, 2019, at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., at the Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ceremony. As this government meets in this particular place, it faces a unique opportunity to lay out a plan of action for this Parliament to reduce education inequalities and strengthen post-secondary education in Canada, through Indigenization, write Brenda Austin-Smith and David Newhouse. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Members of the federal governing party gathered in Winnipeg for three days recently, to discuss and establish their key priorities for the next few months. It should not have been lost on them—and those watching—that they met in a city with three post-secondary institutions and where a significant portion of the population is First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.

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