Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development—EducationPublished on 23 September 2014 Your Question Period by Senator Marie-P. Charette-Poulin (retired)
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Hon. Marie-P. Charette-Poulin:
Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate and comes from Colleen Green of Little Britain, Ontario. I will read her question in the language in which she sent it.
In Northern Ontario as in most provinces, First Nations students have no local secondary school available to them. Many must travel to cities to the south. In Ontario, First Nations parents are sending their children to Thunder Bay to attend secondary school. Many of these children have been murdered. As a parent of 4 young adults, I can’t imagine sending my children hundreds of miles away to live by themselves in a strange city in order to get their high school diploma. No child should have to risk life and limb to obtain a high school diploma.
In Canada, a public school education is a Government funded service that is provided for all Canadian children. What is the government doing to provide a safe environment for First Nations children to pursue their education?