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Harper announcement on aboriginal education a step in the right direction

TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - On Friday, February 7th, Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled an education plan for First Nations that recognizes aboriginal control over schooling. Harper also promised an additional $1.9 billion in funding for aboriginal education starting in 2015.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo supports the plan, saying that the AFN "will continue to find the ways to work together. First Nations have a clear plan and we will, together, achieve change for our children."

Frontier College President and CEO Sherry Campbell says this is a step in the right direction. "Chief Atleo has been working hard to get the government to this point. Frontier College works in partnership with Aboriginal communities across the country, and are pleased that this government understands the need to invest in Aboriginal education."

Frontier College offers Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps in 84 communities across Canada. Children participate in fun, educational activities with the goal of developing language, literacy and numeracy skills. Through a daily routine of individual and group reading, journal writing, games, arts and crafts, cultural activities, field trips, and opportunities to learn with special guests from their home communities, campers increased their vocabulary, reading, writing and math skills, as well as social skills and learner confidence, preparing them for the school year ahead.

About Frontier College

Frontier College is Canada's original literacy organization. Founded in 1899, this charitable organization recruits and trains volunteers to deliver literacy programs to children, youth and adults in communities across the country. Frontier College helps Canadians improve their literacy and increase their opportunities.  We believe that literacy is a right.

SOURCE Frontier College

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