The Government of Canada Invests in Research Project to Improve Education Outcomes for Indigenous Youth across Canada and Around the World

News release

June 25, 2018 - Sudbury, ON - Indigenous Services Canada

Today, Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, announced on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, an investment in a collaborative research initiative titled “Strengthening Education and Improving Academic Success” that aims to improve the quality of education for First Nations secondary students in the Sudbury area, across Canada, and ultimately, worldwide.

Working with schools, community leaders and project partners, Laurentian University will conduct research into how curriculum, both provincially-driven and locally-implemented, can be developed and modified to improve First Nations student outcomes, enhance learning supports and be integrated in learning activities. Findings of the research will contribute to the global UNESCO research project, “Reorienting Education and Training Systems to Improve the Lives of Indigenous Youth”.

The Government of Canada has contributed funding of nearly $250,000 over two years to the City of Greater Sudbury, who are partnering with Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, the Rainbow District School and Laurentian University, on this important initiative.


“This important research project will help improve educational outcomes for First Nations students in the Greater Sudbury area, as well as contribute to wider efforts that will benefit Indigenous students across Canada and around the world. I thank the City of Greater Sudbury, the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, the Rainbow District School and Laurentian University, for your leadership on this initiative. I wish you every success in your efforts to improve the lives of Indigenous youth.”

The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services

“This research will help build curriculum that is vibrant and resonates with Indigenous students. The outcomes of this research will enhance the tools and knowledge teachers need strengthen and foster a culturally appropriate learning environment.”

Marc Serré, M.P.
The Honorable Member for Nickle Belt

Quick facts

  • Through the City of Greater Sudbury, the Federal Government provided nearly $250,000 to Laurentian University with $99,342 in 2017-18 and $150,657 in 2018-19.

  • The research techniques will be comprised of interviews, consultations and focus groups with students, families, schools and home communities.

  • The analysis of the various perspectives on quality education is expected to be completed in 2018, while the collection of good practice in delivering quality education for Indigenous youth is expected to be published in 2019.

  • This research initiative is designed to contribute to UNESCO’s global research on Indigenous education; the final global report will serve to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4) on education.


Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott
Minister of Indigenous Services

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada

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