A historic agreement has been struck between the leaders of First Nations and universities in Atlantic Canada to enhance educational opportunities for aboriginal people, reports CBC News.
The Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs and the 12-member Association of Atlantic Universities signed a memorandum of understanding to improve access to education in a deal thought to be the first of its kind in Canada. The idea is to encourage aboriginal people to choose a post-secondary education, thereby boosting economic chances and creating more community leaders.
Aboriginal leaders said helping young people attend and graduate from university is very important. John Paul, the executive director of the Atlantic Policy Congress, said it would also help the region fill a skills gap in the job market. Paul said when he was growing up, a university education was an unattainable dream. He hopes it will become the norm.
Full report on the CBC News site
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