Trudeau pledges millions for First Nations education during Saskatoon stop

Watch above: Justin Trudeau will make First Nations education a top priority for his government if elected, the Liberal party leader announced during a campaign event in Saskatoon Thursday, pegging a starting figure of over 500 million in First Nations education.

SASKATOON – Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is promising to spend hundreds of millions of dollars more each year on aboriginal education. At a campaign stop in Saskatoon, Trudeau says a Liberal government would add an extra $515 million annually in funding for First Nations grade-school education.

The Liberals are also promising $500 million over three years for school infrastructure and an extra $50 million annually for the First Nations Post-Secondary Student Support Program.

Trudeau says the Liberals will work to see treaty rights and residential schools included in school curriculum.

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Trudeau has spend the last two days in Saskatchewan, hoping to boost the party’s fortunes there.

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The Liberals have high hopes for the northern Saskatchewan seat of Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River, an area with a large aboriginal population which they last won in 2006.

The party’s candidate, former Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations top chief Lawrence Joseph, came within 800 votes of beating Conservative incumbent Rob Clarke when Joseph ran for the New Democrats in 2011.

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