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7 facts about Indigenous education in Canada

 

$261 Billion

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.*

$11,236

The Centre also estimates that greater achievement in higher education for Indigenous peoples would increase their annual in-come by $11,236 by 2031.*

69%
Indigenous

87%
Non-Indigenous

Completed high school or higher credential. 64% of First Nations people and 45% of Inuit hold at least a high school credential.

44%
Indigenous

63%
Non-Indigenous

Attained a post secondary credential.

1,750 kms

On average, students supported through Indspire need to move 1,750 kms away from their home to attend an academic institution.

4 out of 10

On-reserve youth graduate grade 12 compared to 9 out of 10 for non-Indigenous youth.

24%
On-Reserve

87%
National Total

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