In British Columbia, school started over a week ago, but special needs children in at least 11 school districts have been told to stay home or attend classes for less than a full day. In some cases, gradual entry is requested to help students transition.
With racist rhetoric finding its way back into the mainstream discourse, schools are addressing this change by working to equip students and teachers with methods to combat racism.
In September, First Nations students will return to an underfunded and under-equipped education system.
Over a year ago, a jury delivered 145 recommendations on how to prevent First Nations students from dying in Thunder Bay.
Indigenous students are attending summer literacy camps to build literacy and numeracy skills. These camps are provided through a $1.6 million grant over three years from the Alberta government.
Since 2000, seven Indigenous children have been found dead in the Thunder Bay waterways. All but one were boys. Racial tension has increased in the community as Indigenous people work to get police to take the deaths of these children seriously.
A suicide pact leading to the deaths of three Indigenous twelve-year-olds since January has prompted the Wapekeka First Nation to declare a state of emergency. After discovering the pact, Canada's health ministry promised $380,000 in funding, but has only provided $95,000.
Frontier College will offer free literacy camps during the summer to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children ages five to 15. The camps were started over 10 years ago as way to reduce summer learning loss.
Last year, the Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the federal government had discriminated against First Nations children by underfunding child welfare services on reserve. The government has been slow to make suggested changes, resulting in three compliance orders from the tribunal since 2016.
Carolyn Bennett, Canada's Minister of Indigenous Affairs, stated that damages awarded to 60s scoop survivors will be awarded on a case-by-case basis.