Source: Don Drummond, Ellen Kachuck Rosenbluth. Queen’s University Policy Studies
Focus: Teachers, researchers
Summary: Funding alone will not solve the issues plaguing First Nations education – the very structure of the education system is fraught with problems. Moreover, there are myriad social, health and economic challenges confronting First Nations communities, which have a profound and negative effect on the ability of First Nation students to succeed. Yet adequate funding is essential and conflicting messages over funding creates confusion and perpetuates mistrust – perspectives that ultimately will undermine potential progress on First Nations education. This paper attempts to understand and clarify the funding discrepancies as presented by the federal government and First Nations advocates. Closing the education gap is one of Canada`s most compelling public policy issues. Solving only the funding issue will not close the education gap. Understanding the stakeholders` positions, however, may help clarify the issues and support the development of policies necessary to meet the educational needs of First Nations students and enable them to succeed.