Feds Chided For Skipping Native Education Summit

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 15:44



Aboriginal leaders say it would have been nice for the federal government to attend this week’s Aboriginal Education Summit in Saskatoon.


Both Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine and Metis Nation – Saskatchewan President Robert Doucette say good progress was made at the session between Aboriginal leaders and the country’s education ministers.


However, they note changes to funding for Aboriginal students can only come from Ottawa.


Fontaine says the AFN would like to co-host the next Aboriginal education conference, and for federal representatives to be there.


The minister chairing the session, Kelly Lamrock, says he knows less money is being spent on educating students on-reserve.


Lamrock also agrees it would have been good for the federal minister of education to attend the talks.