I am dubious about this idea. Separate schools for native youth? I have heard that charter schools for various groups can help some student succeed. But separate schools for Indians just brings back the memory of boarding schools etc.
It is reported that the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is calling for a separate school system for aboriginal youth.
Delbert Wapass, a vice-chief with the FSIN, said that sesigning and implementing an urban First Nations system will provide an educational opportunity for success.
Apparently, a similar recommendation was made for the school system in Winnipeg.
Wapass said a First Nations system would be rooted in First Nations values, beliefs, and traditions and would be similar to other separate school divisions such as the Catholic system.
“If you are taught by your people and you are implementing your culture, your identity, your language and a sense of place to belong it’s going to breed success at the end of the day.”