School system needs honest look at failings and more Indigenous involvement in decision-making, say officials – The Star

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School system needs honest look at failings and more Indigenous involvement in decision-making, say officials – The Star

by ahnationtalk on November 19, 202016 Views

For some students of Takla First Nation, leaving their remote community of 250 people to attend Grade 10 in the big city can be dangerous. Within a year-and-a-half of starting high school in Prince George, about 30 per cent of Takla teenagers slip from the system.

“It probably takes close to nine months for them to get affiliation with a crowd with riskier behavior and get comfortable enough to start venturing out of their comfort zone,” said Tamatha French, youth and elder liaison for Takla. “They might come back to school the next year, but then maybe they don’t do so well because they’re skipping, they’re drinking, or doing drugs. And then, we probably lose them.”

That’s unacceptable, said Stephanie Higginson, president of the BC School Trustees Association. “I don’t know the details, but that particular statistic is unacceptable to me and should not still be happening. We know better.”

Read More: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/11/18/school-system-needs-honest-look-at-failings-and-more-indigenous-involvement-in-decision-making-say-officials.html

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