Man. First Na­tions schools open

Regina Leader-Post - - CITY + REGION -

SCANTERBURY, MAN. About 1,700 stu­dents from 10 First Na­tions are part of the new Man­i­toba First Na­tions School Sys­tem.

It was of­fi­cially opened Wed­nes­day on the Bro­ken­head First Na­tion. The goal is to of­fer a cur­ricu­lum that rec­og­nizes and in­cor­po­rates the iden­ti­ties of First Na­tions chil­dren, like their lan­guages, his­to­ries and cul­tures.

Ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Lorne Keeper says he’s op­ti­mistic it will change the face of First Na­tions ed­u­ca­tion.

The schools in­volved are re­ceiv­ing more fund­ing from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. Direc­tor of sys­tem devel­op­ment Nora Mur­dock said First Na­tions schools used to get roughly $8,000 per stu­dent but now are get­ting around $18,000.

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