POLITICS

Premier Wall addresses critical report on First Nations jobs

01/22/2013 08:37 EST | Updated 03/24/2013 05:12 EDT
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province may take a more direct role in education initiatives on First Nations reserves.

Wall was responding to a report, released Monday by an economics professor, which found First Nations residents of Saskatchewan are falling behind the rest of the province in education and jobs.

One criticism in the report was aimed at underfunded on-reserve schools.

Wall, on Tuesday, said it was time for governments to stop passing the buck when it came to addressing the issue.

"The time is over for the federal government to say, 'Go see the province,' and the provincial government to say, 'Go see the feds,'" Wall said.

Walls noted the province is providing adult basic education on reserves and more programs could follow.