Saturday, September 13, 2008

Quebec Algonquins Protest State Of Their Schools

From CBC:

About 150 protesters from Algonquin reserves in Quebec demonstrated outside the Gatineau offices of the Indian and Northern Affairs department on Friday to demand more funding for their schools.

They said they are hoping they will get some attention during the campaign leading to the Oct. 14 federal election.

"We have young people who are losing hope," said Gilbert Whiteduck, chief of the Kitigan Zibi reserve near Maniwaki in French.

"How can we all allow a child of five, six, seven years old to lose hope in the future… because the school cannot provide a quality education?"

Whiteduck was among demonstrators who travelled from Kitigan Zibi, Barriere Lake, Manawan and Wemotaci to protest the fact that the federal government hasn't reviewed funding formula for aboriginal education for 20 years.

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