Dartmouth – Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK) released its annual report on October 15 at the organization’s Annual General Assembly in Dartmouth. The report highlights MK’s work during the 2011-2012 academic year and focuses on the core areas of MK activity: Elementary and secondary education; post-secondary education; performance measurement and statistics; the Atlantic Canada First Nation Help Desk; Mi’kmaq language; special education; sports, health and wellness; and the First Nation School Success Program (FNSSP).

High school graduation rates among First Nation students in Nova Scotia peaked at 89.3%, considerably higher than the national average of 35%. More than 400 First Nation students were enrolled in post secondary education, and more than 100 students successfully graduated from these institutions. Literacy, numeracy, and student retention rates in elementary and secondary schools continued to rise.

MK Executive Director, Eleanor Bernard, believes the organization has much experience and expertise to offer to the rest of the country as they move forward in the facilitation of the jurisdiction of education in First Nation communities.

“We continuously strive for academic excellence in students and communities, and our efforts are evidenced in this year’s report,” says Bernard. “Over the next year, we look forward to seeing even more student success in provincial schools, and keeping a great, working relation ...

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