On Friday February 7, Éric Cardinal, Senior Consultant at our Montreal office and Aboriginal affairs specialist, was invited to participate to an interview aired on Radio-Canada’s programme L’heure du monde. Jean-Sébastien Bernatchez, the host, received Éric’s feedback just a few hours after Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, announced the highlights of the First Nations’ education system reform.
The reform, supported by a $2 billion funding envelope, will affect students from preschool to grade twelve.
The agreement is of significant importance since the actual education system has its roots in the Indian Act, voted in the 19th century. For a while now, many analysts have pointed to education as the priority for helping to improve the socio-economic conditions of First Nations throughout Canada. This reform is expected to reinforce young persons’ development and to lead to a decrease in poverty within the Aboriginal communities.
The radio interview’s running time is 6:41 (in French).