First Nations people and ally supporters will rally around Indian Affairs offices across the province tomorrow to say no to the conservative governments proposed takeover of education on all First Nations territories across the country.
Last week press releases were issued from First Nations across the country in a sweeping rejection to the proposed bill. The London District Chiefs Council, representing nine of the Southwestern Ontario reserves, issued a press release urging people to reject the act and take part in the rally outside the Toronto Indian Affairs office.
The press release which can be read here includes this message from London District Chiefs Council Chair and Delaware Nation Chief Greg Peters. “Our children who attend school on-reserve receive substantially less funding provided to non-First Nations students attending provincial school,” says Chief Peters, adding that inadequate funding directly correlates to lower student success. “From residential schools to chronically under funded on-reserve schools, our graduation rates are typically about half the national average, so it’s easy to see that federal control over First Nations education simply doesn’t work.”
There are only four Indian Affairs offices in Ontario; located in Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto and Brantford. Rally times and locations are as follows:
Brantford – AANDC offices, 58 Dalhousie Street, 11am-12pm[hr]
Toronto – 25 St. Clair Ave. E, 10:30 am[hr]
Sudbury – 200 Brady Street, Tom Davies Square 10am[hr]