Danette Burden pursued a career as a carpenter before becoming an carpentry instructor for the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT). Through her postition as an apprenticeship instructor, she is able to help other Indigenous women find careers as carpenters.
Canadian universities are starting to understand the value of Indigenous knowledge, especially in the field of science. Marlee and Valerie Willier, 18-year-old Indigenous twin sisters, are planning to attend university to become scientists.
Students at Esquimalt High School are participating in a land-based learning class. This class gets students out of the classroom and onto the farm, where they learn new skills and how to connect with their culture.
First Nations throughout Canada are working to bring awareness and education about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). By working with schools and health and social services workers, more Indigenous people can be reached to develop an understanding of the disorder.
According to experts, the 2017 budget falls short of providing adequate funding for services for youth and low-income families even with an increase in funding for education and the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Jo Chrona is the curriculum coordinator at the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), and is working to ensure that First People's content is included in the new high school curriculum being developed in British Columbia.
British Columbia's government is celebrating record-high graduation rates for aboriginal students, but indigenous high school completion levels, provincially and for the rest of Canada, still fall significantly short of the national average.