Decolonizing post-secondary institutions takes a community – Policy Options

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Decolonizing post-secondary institutions takes a community – Policy Options

by ahnationtalk on October 30, 202045 Views

October 30, 2020

Indigenous youth are the youngest, fastest growing segment of Canada’s population. They hold tremendous potential to contribute to and transform the country’s economic, political and cultural life. The key to unlocking this full potential is education. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action state that education is essential as well to the national project of reconciliation.

Yet education attainment levels for Indigenous youth lag well behind those of their non-Indigenous counterparts. Only 44 percent of Indigenous youth on reserve complete high school compared with the Canadian average of 88 percent. This leads to much lower post-secondary completion rates, a situation as predictable as it is unacceptable. Only 15 percent of First Nations people on reserve have a university degree, and the number for those off reserve is marginally better at 23 percent compared with 45 percent of the non-Indigenous population.

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