Brian Lee Crowley and Calvin Helin appeared on CPAC's PrimeTime Politics on March 15, 2010, to discuss Free to Learn. You can view the clip here (starts at approximately 26 minutes.)

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  • Margaret Sutherland

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    March 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    The main part of the education issue for Fort Nations is the importance of the survival of the languages and cultures as the foundation for success to further enhance educational pursuits. The youth need a strong support by their parents, communities and leadership. I grew up a strong character because of that support. Now where and who will set up the funds being proposed by the study on post-secondary for Aboriginal students. All this time the Indian Act Policy has been the reason for proper funding for students needing sponsorship. Otherwise, there are existing commissioned reports and their recommendations, i.e. Royal Commisison for Aboriginal Peoples, that have yet to work in the implementation on education. It seems the Gathering Strength Report was to be a working document by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Minister announcement in 1998. The public needs to build support on that work instead of more taxpayers on another study. I suggest joint workshops can help implement all of the above in order to make improvements and good working relationships. Nothing more or nothing less.

  • Jan Beaver

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    March 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    As someone who works firsthand in First Nation communities, I am appalled at the lack of understanding reflected in this report. The consistent message from First Nations and from many forward thinkers in the field of economic prosperity is that it is crucial that we increase the number of postsecondary graduates from First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities. What is proposed in the Free to Learn document is a major step backwards for First Nation students. What good is a savings account that might pay for 1 year of postsecondary education. Perhaps it is good for the government who has been looking for some time for a way to wiggle out of their fiduciary obligations to First Nations as set out in the treaties. Who is going to support that student for that one year they can attend postsecondary? If there is no Post Secondary Student Support Program, there is no funding for the Education support staff who work daily with postsecondary students to ensure their success. What happens after the year is up? Such a simple report reflects simple thinking in a time when we need imaginative and creative thinkers to grapple with the real issues in Aboriginal education, gross underfunding for all age levels from Early Childhood to Adult education.