Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to students at Saskatoon’s Oskayak High School – specifically the Aboriginal Youth Employment Program.
Trudeau says the federal government will have a role in the Paul Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, which aims to improve elementary and secondary school education outcomes for Aboriginal students.
Trudeau says addressing education issues early can create a ripple effect.
For example, he says a grade 3 student with greater opportunities will do better in grade 4, 5 – leading to a wave of strengthening and success that will not just transform communities, but the entire country.
In a question and answer segment, Trudeau was asked by one student why, although the Liberal government has been in power for 6 months, there hasn’t been much movement on Aboriginal education.
Trudeau says the federal government can be compared to an ocean liner that would take a long time to slow down and turn around.
Trudeau says they have been working towards renewing relationships with other provinces and Aborigianl people, but admits it will take some time.
First Nations high school student Tahris Bear says she asked the prime minister how he’ll right the wrongs faced by Canada’s indigenous peoples.
She says he essentially didn’t answer her except to say everyone would have to work together.
(with files from CJWW, The Canadian Press)