Education for the First Nations

Help the First Nations children get a good eduation

Wait! Before you continue...Here's a little Intro!

Hi, we are A.N.T.Z.; a group of high school students who want to help make a change in our community. Over the past few weeks, we have been learning about FNMI (First Nations, Inuit and Metis) communities. Our project was to research about a common issue in these communities - EDUCATION. We created this article to help bring more awareness to the issue and to help our fellow students learn more about it, and about how they can get involved and make a difference with us!

Don't worry, if you are new to this topic, and don't know much about it, here is a quick video explaining The First Nations Education issue:

End The Gap | Fair Funding for First Nations Schools
Learn more about Fair Funding and "End The Gap"

By clicking THIS button, you can learn more about "Fair Funding for First Nation schools" and about the "End The Gap" campaign!

First Nations kids dropping out of School?!?

Here are some facts and statistics about education in First Nations communities. Some of them are pretty surprising...

  • About 43% of Aboriginal people between the ages of 20 and 24 have not graduated from high school

  • If a First Nations person living on-reserve drops out of high school, they would have a 36% chance of getting a job

How can we solve this problem?

By working together, we can take action and propose possible solutions to help solve the issue! Here are a couple solutions, and examples of people who have already taken action...

  • Education is critical to improving the social and economic strength of Aboriginal people and their communities that is why there are now 518 schools on First Nations reserves in Canada

  • New schools are being built and will include new facilities/initiatives such as art rooms, music programs, breakfast programs, cultural inclusion programs and many more.

  • The Ministry of Education identifies Aboriginal Education as “one of its key priorities.” They also acknowledge that teachers and educators will have to learn about, and understand, the First Nations perspective on the school system

Here is a video about "Education Technology for Aboriginal Students.":

Education Technology for Aboriginal Students - OLPC Canada

Scroll down to the bottom of the flyer and click the 2nd RED button to learn more about "Education Technology for Aboriginal Students" and about the "OLPC Canada" organization!

How can we get involved and help out?

Want to know how WE can get involved and help out? Want to know what steps are being taken to help First Nations children get a better education? Here are some examples...

  • You can help by donating to charity foundations so that First Nations children can be proud and can succeed in their education

  • The government believes every First Nation child should get the best start in life, and is committed to working in partnership with First Nations in supporting their goals for a quality education system

  • The government is now beginning to provide new funding to help Indigenous communities promote and preserve Indigenous languages and cultures.

  • The government of Canada will invest new funding each year in core funding for kindergarten through grade 12 programs.

Learn more about Education Technology and "OLPC Canada"

By clicking THIS button, you can learn more about "Education Technology for Aboriginal Students" and more about "OLPC Canada" organization!

Don't forget to click the 2 red buttons to learn more about the "End The Gap" campaign, the "OLPC Canada" organization, and how you can get involved and help out!

The "A.N.T.Z" Project!

We (the "A.N.T.Z") have been working on a project, and have been doing research about the Education of First Nations. In this article, (we) the "A.N.T.Z," wanted to help bring awareness, to the students in our school, about this issue. We discussed about the problem of insufficient education of the First Nations children, possible solutions for the problem, and how you can take a personal initiative, and help out! We hope that by reading this article, you have learnt something new, and can share it with all your friends, and with everyone you know! Let's help make a difference!


Ariana, Noor, Tamara and Zara (the A.N.T.Z)