Garden River First Nation will be hosting an Educational Rally opposing the proposed cuts to Education on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the corner of Hwy 17 and Hwy 17B (rain or shine). Garden River First Nation pays over four million dollars in tuition fees annually to the Algoma District School Board and the Huron Superior Catholic District School Board to provide quality education to our students.
Garden River First Nation also employs fifteen Anishinabe Support Workers (ASW) who provide additional supports to the students throughout both School Boards. ASW’s know first-hand that the classrooms are already crowded and teachers will not be able to provide the same level of attention to students by increasing class sizes even more. It’s unconscionable that the Ford government wants to further reduce supports to children with autism and complex needs and increase class sizes which will have a devastating impact on all students learning and well-being, states a press release.
A release also stated, “We have made strides in Education over that past five years with the development of new Truth and Reconciliation Curriculum for Ontario schools. It appears that the Ford government has cancelled 3 writing sessions unilaterally which sends a strong message to First Nation communities across the province. Indigenous education benefits all students, teachers and communities in learning about our culture and our true history.”
Mental health programs will also be decreased by an anticipated 335 million per year from the Liberal plan. This will potentially reduce the hiring of 400 mental health workers in secondary schools. This comes at a time when mental health issues are at an all-time high so it really sparks the thought that the Ford government really does not care about the welfare of our students. This is simply unacceptable.
Chief Paul Syrette and Council welcomes the participation of both school boards, concerned students, parents, community members and other First Nations to stand together to support more investments for our students no less. Publicly funded education is one of the best investments we can make for our children’s future. Their future is our future.