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7 facts about Indigenous education in Canada
The Centre for the Study of Living Standards estimates that closing the education gap for Indigenous students in Canada would cumulatively increase Canadian GDP by $261 billion by 2031.*
The Centre also estimates that greater achievement in higher education for Indigenous peoples would increase their annual in-come by $11,236 by 2031.*
Completed high school or higher credential. 64% of First Nations people and 45% of Inuit hold at least a high school credential.
Attained a post secondary credential.
On average, students supported through Indspire need to move 1,750 kms away from their home to attend an academic institution.
On-reserve youth graduate grade 12 compared to 9 out of 10 for non-Indigenous youth.
Reported high school graduation on-reserve rates vary, but are less than the national average.
*The Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS) “Closing the Aboriginal Education Gap in Canada: The Impact on Employment, GDP, and Labour Productivity.” Matthew Calver