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12/17/2013 03:24 EST | Updated 02/16/2014 05:59 EST

Canada Budget 2014: First Nations Ask For More Education Funding

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OTTAWA - Shawn Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, has written to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty asking for more funding for First Nations education in the next federal budget. Here's what Atleo says is needed:

  • $355 million in 2014-15 for classroom-level funding
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    An immediate investment of $355 million which would then increase at a minimum of four per cent a year to ensure First Nations children receive a comparable education to the rest of Canadian children.
  • $20 million over two years to create First Nation education organizations
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  • $2.3 billion over 10 years in ongoing operation costs for regional First Nation education organizations
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  • $2.6 billion over 10 years for a reconciliation fund to teach First Nations languages and culture in schools
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  • $500 million over six years to build schools
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  • $298 million over 10 years for operations and maintenance
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