Minister of Aboriginal Affairs John Duncan
Credits: CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/QMI AGENCY
Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan announced Tuesday the government will spent $175 million on the construction and renovation of reserve schools. It will also spent $100 million on literacy programming.
The feds said they would bolster funding for reserve education by $275 million in the 2012 budget to cap up $1.5 billion already spent on education.
Prior the budget's release, Shawn Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), signalled $500 million was need annually to bring reserve schools up to provincial standards.
Atleo has made education a key focus during his tenure as the head of the aboriginal advocacy organization.
A recent Senate committee report called for a complete overhaul of First Nations education and cited that it operates in crisis.
A joint panel commissioned by the AFN and government also found similar results and called for immediate action.
The feds have also committed to crafting a First Nations Education Act by 2014, which was recommended by the joint panel.