Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

February 12, 2010 16:27 ET

Government of Canada Marks Progress on First Nation Education

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 12, 2010) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians today announced progress on two programs to improve First Nation education.

"I am proud of the programs and partnerships that are possible because of the Reforming First Nation Education Initiative," said Minister Strahl. "By focussing on literacy, numeracy and student retention, the projects moving forward will help form the foundation for long-term improvements in First Nation education."

In December 2008, the Government of Canada committed $268 million over five years to the Reforming First Nation Education Initiative, with a further $75 million in ongoing funding. Both the First Nation Student Success Program and the Education Partnerships Program are integral to the Government of Canada's commitment to improve educational outcomes for First Nation learners.

Under the first round of proposals for the First Nation Student Success Program, approximately $25.9 million has been approved in principleKB for projects that will help First Nations make improvements in literacy, numeracy and student retention. Under the Education Partnerships Program, approximatelyup toapproca $4.4 million has been approved in principle to support the establishment and advancement of formal tripartite partnership arrangements that aim to develop aimed at developing practical working relationships between officials in regional First Nation organizations and schools, with and those in provincial systems.

Through this initiative more than 70 per cent of First Nation communities, representing all regions across Canada, are receiving funding. Applications for the second round of proposals under the two programs are currently being evaluated.

For more information on First Nation education programs please visit:

Backgrounder: Reforming First Nation Education Initiative

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  • Minister's Office
    Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Nina Chiarelli
    Press Secretary
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations