Expert emphasizes the need for Indigenous education in school
According to CBC News, with students going to school for the Fall, an expert in “continuing the call for more Indigenous education” for Canadian classes. It is in line with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Charlene Bearhead, Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, said, “We cannot separate out what the history is of the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in this country it’s our history together.” In short, Indigenous and non-Indigenous history is Canadian history.
“The interference with the Indigenous knowledge that happened through residential schools and in other mainstream education about Indigenous people has also lead to the environmental issues that we’re facing now,” Bearhead said.
Job Market Tough, even After Graduating
Post-secondary school graduates face difficulties in the job market upon graduation. In a report by The Globe and Mail, Elie Waitzer, a 2016 McGill University graduate in Economics, said, “I don’t think I was expecting to get my dream job right out of university, but it’s been a little tougher than expected.”
Many recent graduates have problems with the job market, even with the four-year degrees. Secure employment is a difficult thing to come by for the students. Students apply and complete undergraduate education in the hopes of possible secure employment.
Michael Bloom, Vice-President of Industry and Business Strategy at the Conference Board of Canada, said, “?preparing students for work is one of a lot of things that they do, but they don’t make it a priority at the same level that students do,” he said.
New visa requirements might hurt language schools
Also in The Globe and Mail, new visa requirements are weakening efforts to “attract foreign students” to the language schools across Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promoting Canadian universities and colleges in China at the moment.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada made alterations to the rules in the middle of July. Students now need two permits rather than one to study a second language (English or French). The rule changes have hurt Canada in the “lucrative market for foreign students.”
Kerrianne MacKenzie, International Centre for English Academic Preparation, said, “The blanket installation of this policy will be potentially devastating to what is an incredibly dynamic economic sector for Canada.”
Scott Douglas Jacobsen is an AUSU Councillor. He works with various organizations, and runs In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, and In-Sight Publishing.