Six Facts About Indigenous Education in Canada

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$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*


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


69% Indigenous and 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 and 63% Non-Indigenous

Attained a Post-Secondary credential.


4 out of 10

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

24% On-Reserve and 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