POLITICS

First Nations education by the numbers

02/09/2015 03:17 EST | Updated 04/11/2015 05:59 EDT
OTTAWA - The new national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says Prime Minister Stephen Harper told him the Conservative government will not go ahead with its bill to reform First Nations education. That leaves $1.9 billion tied to the original bill in limbo. Here's a look at the money attached to the bill, as well as how much the federal government has spent recently on First Nations education:

First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act

— $1.25 billion over three years in core funding (including language and culture), beginning in 2016-17.

— After the first three years, the amount would grow by 4.5 per cent annually.

— Another $500 million over seven years, beginning in 2015-16, was to go toward infrastructure on reserves.

— $160 million over four years, beginning in 2015-16, was set aside for an implementation fund.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada recent education spending

— $1.55 billion on First Nations education from kindergarten to Grade 12 spent in 2011-12.

— $322 million on First Nation and Inuit students pursuing post-secondary education.

— About $200 million spent on infrastructure for schools and classrooms.

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Sources: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100033601/1100100033605); First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act (http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/02/07/first-nations-control-first-nations-education-act)