“Make significant new investments in First Nations education to ensure that First Nations children on reserve receive a quality education while respecting the principle of First Nations control of First Nations education.”
Excerpt from mandate letter to the Hon. Carolyn Bennett
New initiatives aimed at improving education for remote and indigenous communities must include best practices in virtual classrooms as part of the mix, and Canadian research in this field is the best in the world. The economics surrounding this are both political and practical. Value and results must be seen in government investment. Virtual classroom practices provide supportive options for increasing quality of education, and economic value where student numbers are low and communities are remote. At the same time, virtual classrooms blended with on-site personnel and resources can support learning within a local experience and within the local cultural milieu.