According to current data, approximately half of First Nations children live in poverty. Depression and substance abuse are widely known issues among indigenous youth being raised in remote communities—and suicide is rising at an alarming rate. Statistics Canada’s violent crime index indicates that nine of Canada’s 10 most violent communities are Aboriginal, as are 92 of Canada’s 100 poorest communities.
In direct correlation with these statistics, more than half of Canada’s Aboriginal population hasn’t completed high school. Unemployment in these populations is more than double the average in Canada and subsequently, their local economies are taking a bit hit. The communities need jobs to give their children a reason to get educated. But in a classic vicious cycle, education is needed in order to create the economic development that leads to jobs.
It is imperative that quality education not only become more available in Canada’s indigenous communities, but that children are able to receive a solid education without having to lose their Indian roots in the process. Doing so is the only way to arm these kids with the tools needed to stay and prosper in their own communities, and to help the local economies flourish.
CuroGens Learning is a unique fit for indigenous populations because it addresses the needs of underserved students by facilitating individualized learning paths. The solution provides the resources teachers need to effectively design and implement the most motivating and relevant learning environment for each student, which in turn can help revitalize an entire community. For more information, download the CuroGens Learning fact sheet and contact us at info@curogenslearning for a free demo.