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Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

Strengthening Aboriginal Success: Aboriginal Education and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, Presented by: Dr. Christy Bressette

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) first declared Aboriginal education to be a priority issue in 2004. This was reaffirmed in 2008 within the CMEC ministerial declaration Learn Canada 2020. CMEC’s Coordinator for Aboriginal Education, Dr. Christy R. Bressette, shared information on how CMEC is working to facilitate and increase success within Aboriginal education in Canada. Examples were provided of programs, policies, and practices from individual provinces and territories that are helping to eliminate the gap in academic achievement and graduation rates between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students. The presentation included a review of key CMEC-sponsored pan-Canadian activities on Aboriginal education, such as the CMEC Summit on Aboriginal Education, the CMEC Technical Workshop on Pan-Canadian Aboriginal Data, and the CMEC Educators’ Forum on Aboriginal Education. Also discussed were the results for Aboriginal respondents in Canada from the recent report of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).

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