The Manitoba government has released new numbers shining a light on how indigenous students in this province are not doing well enough in school.
Numbers show only 54% are graduating high school while nearly 1/3 in are failing grade 9 math or language arts.
Education Minister James Allum says the province is increasing funding to support indigenous children leaving home to attend schools in Winnipeg.
These moves are part of recommendations that came out of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report late last year.
Meanwhile, the province is also spending money to support community schools and inner-city students.
Over $2 million is being spent which includes each community school’s funding increased to $100,000 and $250 to help attendance issues in the inner city.
“We are investing in students in the inner-city because all students in Manitoba deserve the same chance to succeed,” said Premier Selinger. “Community schools bring community supports into the classroom and we want to make sure they have the resources they need so that students can focus on learning while they’re at school.”
The money is all part of the $1.3 billion in education funding the province announced earlier in the week.