(Saskatoon, SK) The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Executive is calling on the Federal Government to honour its election promises to invest $2.6 billion into First Nation education when the federal budget is released next week.

“When the Liberal government first took office the message was clear (that) the relationship with First Nations was the most important one to the newly elected government,” said Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Bobby Cameron. “We’ve been informed the government may not make the education investment they promised before the election. It is absolutely imperative and crucial that this funding increase and commitment happens.”

A First Nation student attending an on-reserve school requires $20,000 per year for a quality education that preserves language and culture. On average, the Federal Government funds an on-reserve student $6,500, meanwhile, a student attending a provincial run school receives around $12,000 per year.

“We urge the government to honour our Treaty relationship with the Crown by providing the necessary resources to implement our Inherent and Treaty Right to education that will lead to a better quality of life for First Nation people,” added Chief Cameron. “Next week during the federal budget the Federal Government will have an opportunity to begin the spirit of reconciliation and building a nation to nation relationship by honouring its $2.6 billion dollar pledge for First Nation education.”

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