Both the federal and provincial governments have some responsibility for the education of Aboriginal students. Students who attend school on reserves are part of the federally-funded education system, while those students attending school off-reserve attend provincially funded schools. In this section, you can find more information about Aboriginal education in Ontario.
On November 24, 2015, Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission received the Egerton Ryerson Award for Dedication to Public Education. At the event, Sinclair commented on the
The vast majority (82%) of First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) students in Ontario attend provincially funded schools in Ontario school boards. But often their story is ignored.
The vast majority of Aboriginal students (82%) attend provincially funded schools in Ontario boards and education authorities, and changes are urgently required to address significant gaps in Aboriginal education for all students.
People for Education welcomes Ontario's new Minister of Education.
A national panel on Aboriginal education has released a report and recommendations that include developing a new First Nation education system to provide support and resources for First Nation schools and First Nation students.
Aboriginal students receive $2,000 to $3,000 less in education funding per student/per year than off-reserve students across the country, and that gap continues to grow. An upcoming meeting in Ottawa may signal some hope for change.