As I researched initiatives in Aboriginal education, I found an interesting report produced by the Alberta School Boards Association. As I read this report, it occurred to me that, at times, it appears that the secondary school system is leading the way on certain initiatives, when one might assume that the leadership would begin in the post-secondary system.
Many post-secondary institutions have established Centers of Innovation, and, really, what can be more innovative where education is concerned than to find ways to ensure that Canada's first peoples enjoy the same opportunities for success as other Canadians? This is particularly so in Alberta when one has knowledge of the demographics.
The report produced by The Alberta School Boards Association actually provides interesting statistics that speak to the importance of addressing the needs of Aboriginal students in Alberta.
For example, Alberta has the third highest Aboriginal population of Canada's provinces, and one of the youngest. Thirty-one percent of Alberta's Aboriginal population are under the age of 14. In regards to Metis people, Alberta has the highest population in Canada. One of every five Aboriginal children attends school in their home community, while the other four of every five attend provincial schools. This also means that a large proportion of Alberta's future labour force will identify as Aboriginal.
So, not only is it important from a moral perspective to address the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, but it makes economic sense! Find Ensuring First Nations, Metis and Inuit Student Success: Leadership Through Governance here...