First Nations create pandemic ‘education bubble’ in Sioux Lookout, Ont. – CBC

Aug 26, 2020

‘We want them to have as normal a high school experience as possible,’ Mathew Hoppe says

Two remote First Nations in northwestern Ontario, without high schools of their own, are attempting to pandemic-proof their students’ dreams of educational success.

Some First Nations in the region are delaying the start of school and two First Nations-run high schools serving students from the area are postponing in-person learning until the end of October. The Nishnawbe Aski Nation said educators are scrambling because the federal government has not made any additional funding available to address the health risks of COVID-19 in the classroom.

But the Independent First Nations Alliance (IFNA) said it has a plan that will allow dozens of students to continue their education in provincially-run high schools.

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