First Nations students -- both on and off-reserve -- should see more help from Queen's Park. Since the fall, the Ministry of Education has been working with education authorities and school boards.

Heather Irwin from the ministry says talks have included another look at tuition agreements. This could mean First Nation members living on reserve attending a provincial school, but it could also include a reverse agreement, where the First Nation provides tuition for a student attending a federal school on-reserve, who might otherwise qualify to attend a provincial school off-reserve.

The gap between the amount granted per student for boards across the province by Queen's Park, and the funding provided by Ottawa for students at First Nation schools, has been estimated to be a shortfall of about 30 per cent. Advocates for the students and their communities have been looking to close that gap, estimated at $665 million across the country last year.

The review of tuition agreements comes as the federal government is taking another look at repatriation. That's to say Ottawa has called for an emergency meeting with First Nation leaders, in an effort to keep more Indigenous in care within their home communities.

For more information:

Indigenous Education Strategy, Ontario

Indigenous Education in Ontario (background)

Child repatriation urgent, minister

Kiizhik School lands funding

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