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Government Partners with Martin Family Initiative to Support Innovative Teaching Fo-cused on Early Literacy in First Nations Schools

Source: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Summary: (March 10, 2017) Closing the gap in the education outcomes of First Nations children living on reserve is critical to improving their quality of life and contributes to stronger communities for the shared success of all Canadians. The Government of Canada believes there should be nothing preventing an Indigenous child from having the same hopes and aspirations as any other child in Canada and the opportunities to achieve them.

Today, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, congratulated the students of the six First Nations schools that have joined the Martin Family Initiative’s Model School Literacy Project for the 2016-17 school year.

Improving Canadian Indigenous Student Success: Three Martin Family Initiative Projects

Source: Johnson Scholarship Foundation: Giving Matters. Dr. Carlana Lindeman, Author

Summary: Of the approximately 1.5 million Indigenous People in Canada, 50 percent are under the age of 25 — they are the youngest and fastest growing demographic in the country. A real concern for Canada is the low Indigenous high school graduation rate; the non-Indigenous high school graduation rate is about 90 percent while the Indigenous rate is about 50 percent.

The Martin Family Initiative (MFI), a charitable foundation, was established in 2008 to address this crisis.

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