Broad Language and Culture
Only eight percent of Aboriginal Canadians have a college degree while 23 percent of non-Aboriginals do. The Aboriginal population in Canada is growing almost six times as fast as the rest of the population. Canada knows it has an education gap between its native and non-native population, but it is working on it.
The nation has adopted the Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes. Respect for the individual culture, language and history of Native Canadians is a priority. The movement strives to provide education in native tongues. Increasing the number of indigenous employees in education is also important. Acknowledging the growth of its native population, Canada is dedicated to helping them be powerful members of the community.
Another major source of growth for the Canadian population is immigration. Schools provide resources for the entire family, not just the student. Parents learn English as a second language through the school community. Settlement organizations within each district assist with housing, jobs and other necessities for immigrants.
The result is new families merging easily with Canadian culture and producing successful students. Raymond Théberge, Director General of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), states that many second-generation immigrant students outperform students with deeper Canadian roots.
As a country with two national languages, bilingual education is commonplace.