A vice-chief with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations isn’t ruling out a legal challenge over the issue of education funding.
The federation has released a report which says First Nations schools are getting roughly half the funding other schools do.
Vice-chief Simon Bird says this isn’t right and something must be done:
“What are the options in terms of what Cindy Blackstock is doing with the First Nations Child Caring Society, and can we do the same thing through the collaboration of the FSIN — and perhaps other First Nations in Saskatchewan — that are interested in taking on the government on their own rules?”
Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nation filed a human rights complaint against the government a few years ago over its underfunding of child welfare services on reserve.
The Federal Court of Appeal recently denied a request by Ottawa to have the case thrown out.
Tuesday’s report was the third in a series of studies the FSIN has commissioned examining the problem.