The $112 million for COVID-19 back-to-school preparations for First Nations that Ottawa announced on Wednesday falls far short of needs faced by communities, according to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) regional chief responsible for education.
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron, who is the AFN regional chief for Saskatchewan, said the over 630 First Nations across Canada need about $1 billion to fully prepare for the restart of classes amid the pandemic.
“Obviously our expectations were much higher,” said Cameron, who holds the education portfolio.
“We should have received $1 billion or close to it and at least we would have a fighting chance to have our schools ready.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the $112 million