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CMEC on improving aboriginal education

Miramichi Leader story:

Canada’s education ministers emerged from two days of meetings Tuesday, promising continued work on a hodgepodge of issues, including lagging aboriginal education. The ministers pledged to use future sessions to close the education gap between aboriginals and non-aboriginals in Canada — a topic they called “an economic, social and ethical necessity.”

New Brunswick Education Minister Kelly Lamrock said the council of education ministers will invite the country’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders to discuss the issue at the council’s next session in Saskatchewan this February.

“In a country as prosperous and fortunate and blessed as Canada, there’s no excuse for having too many children and adults left behind by perpetually high rates of illiteracy and low rates of education,” said Lamrock at a press conference.

“We must work together to forever close the achievement gap that has been too stubborn and bedeviled too many governments for too long.”

Lamrock said improving the country’s education system, particularly in aboriginal communities, is essential for Canada to compete in the global marketplace.

The Ministers’ strategy for improving aboriginal education is to talk about the issue at future meetings?

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