Liberals new approach for billions in First Nations education

By Andy Blatchford THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA- The Trudeau government is changing how Ottawa allocates nearly $2 billion in annual funding for First Nations education to help ensure on-reserve students benefit from support comparable to what’s offered in provincial school systems. Starting in April, the federal government will take a new approach it says will mean a more predictable base of money for First Nations elementary and secondary schools. Education is a service the federal government pays for on reserves but provincial governments handle in much larger systems off reserves. A 2016 report from the Parliamentary Budget Office estimated that the federal government spent $336 million to $665 million less than would be needed to provide educations comparable to those students get elsewhere. Some First Nations students stay at home…

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