03/26/2013 04:11 EDT | Updated 05/26/2013 05:12 EDT

Federation Of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Education Report Finds Huge Gap In Funding

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SASKATOON - An aboriginal group wants the federal government to spend more money on education for First Nation students.

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations says there is a big gap between what is spent on schools on reserves and on schools that are funded by the province.

A report commissioned by the federation says this funding gap of up to 50 per cent is preventing aboriginal students from reaching their full potential.

The report also recommends the federal government consult more with First Nations before making changes to legislation that effects aboriginal education.

Vice-chief Simon Bird says Ottawa has an obligation to fund First Nation students at an equitable rate.

The federation represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan.

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