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Closing the Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal Education Gaps


  • John Richards

    (Simon Fraser University)


Gaps in education levels between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals are a great social policy challenge for Canada. On-reserve, a smart approach to closing them would be the creation of Aboriginal-run school districts, independent of individual band councils. Off-reserve, the provinces should build on the practices of school districts achieving good results.

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  • John Richards, 2008. "Closing the Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal Education Gaps," C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 116, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdh:backgr:116

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    1. Andrew Sharpe & Jean-Francois Arsenault & Simon Lapointe, 2007. "The Potential Contribution of Aboriginal Canadians to Labour Force, Employment, Productivity and Output Growth in Canada, 2001-2017," CSLS Research Reports 2007-04, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
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    2. Maggie Jones & Michael Barber, 2019. "Inequalities in Test Scores between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth in Canada," Department Discussion Papers 1904, Department of Economics, University of Victoria.
    3. Annamarie Hatcher, 2012. "Building cultural bridges with Aboriginal learners and their ‘classmates’ for transformative environmental education," Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Springer;Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences, vol. 2(4), pages 346-356, November.

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    social policy; Aboriginal education; Kelowna Accord;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education


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