Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Letter of the Day

'Awkward and vulnerable'

  • Print

The article on the educational success of Waywayseecappo First Nation students (Education emancipation, May 19) is great. The four-way funding partnership appears to be working for everyone.

However, questions must be asked of the federal minister of aboriginal affairs. Why does the federal government refuse to provide matching provincial education funding to First Nation-controlled schools?

As the article points out, the federal government will pay the provincial school $10,500 per child compared to only $7,200 if the same child remains in the reserve school. Despite the shortfall in funding, the federal minister expects the reserve school to provide the provincial level of educational services. No one has stated how this is possible and the reasons for the inequity.

Such actions place First Nations in an awkward and vulnerable position. Despite constitutional guarantees for education, many First Nations and their schools are forced to arrange deals with provincial school divisions to provide an adequate education for their students. It appears that the federal government would rather deal with provincial school board employees rather than with First Nations education authorities.

Their actions also result in two-tier system of education. Such an approach might be called apartheid.

RON PHILLIPS

Nipissing University education faculty

North Bay, Ont.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 23, 2012 A11

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Dustin Byfuglien reflects on season

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Geese fly in the morning light over Selkirk Ave Wednesday morning- Day 22– June 13, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A baby Red Panda in her area at the Zoo. International Red Panda Day is Saturday September 15th and the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be celebrating in a big way! The Zoo is home to three red pandas - Rufus, Rouge and their cub who was born on June 30 of this year. The female cub has yet to be named and the Assiniboine Park Zoo is asking the community to help. September 14, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you think Manitoba needs stronger regulations for temporary workers?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google