Joyce Murray

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Vancouver Quadra

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MP Joyce Murray, Budget 2016: Offering Indigenous children a better chance for success

July 10%er Budget 2016 PDF 3

Every child in Canada deserves a chance to succeed. Sadly, over half of First Nations and Inuit students living on reserves never finish high school, and of those with no high school diploma more than half remain unemployed as adults. What lost opportunity for these individuals, their communities, and for Canadian society! I am proud to be part of a government working in partnership with indigenous peoples, and breaking down the barriers that have held them back from reaching full potential. Given the utmost importance our government places on respect, recognizing and partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis, Budget 2016 committed $8.40-billion over five years in indigenous investments, with a particular focus on education. Despite being the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population, funding for education in indigenous communities has been capped at two percent annual increase, which means per-student funding has fallen behind funding levels for other Canadian children. That cap has now been lifted. Funding decisions will be made in consultation with indigenous representatives to ensure investment is directed to what is best for their communities. There should be no systemic barriers preventing an indigenous child from having the same ambitions as any other child. With a genuine, renewed partnership in education, Canadians can move forward together in the true spirit of reconciliation.