Canada’s student movement acknowledges and respects the rights of the first peoples of this land from coast to coast to coast. Education is a treaty right for the Indigenous people of Canada. The Canadian Federation of Students and the National Aboriginal Caucus support the alleviation of financial barriers Aboriginal students face in accessing education.
Between 2006-2011 more than 18,500 First Nations youth were denied funding due to a twenty-year 2% budget cap. With the rising costs of tuition, more and more students must compete for funding that doesn’t match increases to enrollment.
That’s why the Canadian Federation of Students and the National Aboriginal Caucus are asking for political leaders to bring about the following:
The federal parties have promised the following, if elected:
Liberal Party of Canada
New Democratic Party
Conservative Party of Canada
Here is how the parties’ platforms stack up against one another, based on what students have asked for. Not happy? There’s still time to demand better. Contact your candidates now.
Remember, political parties respond to public pressure. You can help the cause of students across the country by telling the candidates in your riding that you’ll support individuals who will make youth employment a priority.
Finally, parties respond to voters. By voting this election, you can help show the political parties that youth cannot be ignored any longer. Visit the Elections Canada student page for information on how and where to vote.
Together, we can vote for better prospects for students and a brighter future for our country.