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Prince George area First Nations calling for reinstatement of Aboriginal school board

The issue of an Aboriginal board of education has been raised once again.

First Nations in the Prince George area say they’re losing patience with the city school board’s refusal to re-establish an Aboriginal board.

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Chief Terry Teegee says an Aboriginal board would improve the inclusivity of First Nations students which they say is currently lacking.

As well, Teegee notes such a body would ensure a culturally appropriate curriculum is in place, and funds earmarked for Aboriginal students are properly spent.

Prince George board officials say they aren’t interested in resurrecting an Aboriginal board, which was disbanded in 2014 due to a lack of involvement and attendance of first nations parents and guardians.

But Teegee says it wasn’t a lack of interest from parents, but rather a boycott after a Lheidli T’enneh elder who sat on the Aboriginal board was poorly treated.

The city school board also adds graduation rates of First Nations students have climbed to 61% from 45% in recent past years due to the creation of an aboriginal committee.

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