“Our students going in are more confident”
There are 11 Mi’kmaq schools in Nova Scotia and about 2,900 First Nations students in the province. With support from Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey and additional resources from the province, even Mi’kmaq students who are going into the provincial schools “are having a lot more success.” An annual report released this week shows that First Nations students are graduating from high school in Nova Scotia at a rate more than double the national rate of 35 per cent.
“Our students going in are more confident,” referring to Grade 12 students. “When they go in in the fall, they’re saying ‘This is the year I am going to graduate.’ And 89.3 per cent of them are graduating in June.”