Understanding First Nations Education in Canada
To better understand the obstacles faced by First Nations learners nationwide, a brief overview of the historical and political context is essential.
For most readers here, the history of European contact and the continued degradation of First Nations people is not new. After the creation of the reserve system, most young people were only offered education through the church. This system, after the creation of the Indian Act, morphed into what we know today as the residential school system.