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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hundreds of aboriginal people protest discrepancies in education funding print this article THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — Hundreds of First Nations children, parents, elders and chiefs marched in downtown Edmonton on Wednesday to protest what Assembly of First Nations Chief Phil Fontaine called an education system in crisis. He said the lack of proper funding across Canada directly affects students on reserves. “We have 40 communities without education facilities, without schools. There’s another 80 with schools in terrible state of disrepair, so it compromises our kids,” he said. “We call on all governments, not just the federal government, but the provincial and territorial governments, to do right for all of its peoples — including our people.”
Fontaine said there’s a huge disparity between what public schools receive from provincial governments and what First Nations schools receive.
“It’s at least $2,000 on the average (per year) per student,” he said.
Fontaine said much of the funding woes stem from a cap imposed in 1996 that limits funding increases to core services to two per cent per year. The aboriginal leader again expressed his disappointment that most First Nations issues are being left off campaign platforms in the federal election. Many at the protest said funding is not keeping pace with the rising cost of living and does not take into account the booming First Nations population. Treaty 6 Grand Chief Wayne Moonias, who is from Hobbema, Alta., said underfunding leads to “negative impacts." Those impacts, he added, include teachers who are paid up to $25,000 less annually than their colleagues working for the province. Retaining quality teachers and offering “quality programs” are constant challenges, he said, noting that nine teachers left Hobbema over the summer. Other problems include a lower standard of education, leaving students behind those in public schools. Barbara Halliday, a librarian at one of Alberta’s reserve schools, said they are in desperate need of attention and funding. “When we turn on our taps at school, the water that runs out of the tap is brown,” she said. Lillian Gadwa-Crier, a teacher at Kisipatnahk Community School on the Louis Bull First Nation, said something needs to be done. “I hope the government ... realizes that our First Nations children deserve a good quality education as any other child in this province,” she said. Edmonton Conservative MP Laurie Hawn said his party is aware of the problems, but he would not say the reserves aren’t being fairly funded. “This government is very attuned to what’s going on and off the reserves,” he said.

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Two Row Wampum Treaty

Two Row Wampum Treaty
"It is said that, each nation shall stay in their own vessels, and travel the river side by side. Further, it is said, that neither nation will try to steer the vessel of the other." This is a treaty among Indigenous Nations, and with Canada. This is the true nature of our relationships with Indigenous Nations of 'Kanata'.