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ERIC Number: ED467416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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Canadian Policy--First Nation Involvement in the Funding and the Politics of Post-Secondary Education: How Much Is Enough?
Lanceley, Darlene
For Canada Natives, the unresolved issue of postsecondary education as a treaty right is at the center of discord in relation to budget constraints. The government's fiduciary responsibilities have devolved to First Nations administration, which allows for greater tribal control over the economics of individual First Nations and jurisdiction for the protection of treaty rights. However, devolution has not benefitted most First Nations in terms of the amount of funding available for delivery of postsecondary programs and services, including adult literacy, upgrading, trades, and technical training. National budget allocations determine funding for programs and services under First Nations administration. The off-loading of postsecondary education has resulted in decreases in staffing and administration dollars and increases in student waiting lists. These funding constraints come at a time when First Nations require an educated labor force to deliver programs and services to a growing population. The political climate makes it difficult for First Nations to assert education as a treaty right. Full accessibility to university education is questionable as First Nations struggle to honor the perceived right to education while being forced to create a policy that limits the number of students who may enter universities. It is a situation where First Nations administrators have become keepers of the peoples' destiny. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada