Waywayseecappo FN

August 8, 2012

Provincial and federal governments allowed First Nations to join the local school board, transforming indigenous students into provincial students. Under the agreement, the feds matched the provincial standard dollar for dollar. Until about 18 months ago, a student in Waywayseecappo received about $7,300 in annual funding from the federal government, while a student at Rossburn Collegiate received about $10,500 from the provincial government. Then one day the disparity disappeared, poof, overnight.The extra $1.2M in annual funding allowed the school to hire 6 more teachers, reduce class size by 50% and raised teacher salaries between 13K – $18K to be in line with provincial peers (McLeans, Aug. 8, 2012)