He founded it to improve elementary and secondary

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He founded it to improve elementary and secondary education in the First Nations communities. In 2016 the Martin Family Initiative received $30 million from that year’s federal budget (MartinFamily Initiative). This money was used by the Initiative towards expanding their Model School project (Martin Family Initiative). The Model School project successfully assisted two First Nation’s elementary schools in implementing the Ontario public school literacy program (Martin Family Initiative). The literacy program enabled grade students to read at their grade level, and after five years 81% of students could read at their grade level (Martin Family Initiative). This success encouraged the federal government to put more money towards the Martin Family Initiative, which is now planning on expanding the literacy programs to twenty schools by 2020 (Martin Family Initiative.(Asearly as 2001, the Progress Report to Premiers has called on the federal government to act on its treaty, fiduciary and constitutional responsibilities for the well-being and education of Indigenous Canadians (Provincial/Territorial Council on Social Policy Renewal 4). This report is written by a council made up of provincial and territorial government, who provide Premiers with an annual Progress Report on the status of the social policy renewal agenda (Provincial/Territorial Council on Social Policy Renewal 1). They concluded that the provinces and territories must work together with the Aboriginal peoples to provide a more effective POLS 29105
delivery of education (Provincial/Territorial Council on Social Policy Renewal 37). They encourage cooperation most of all (Provincial/Territorial Council on Social Policy Renewal 37). There must be some type of collaboration between Aboriginal organizations and governments to address educational needs, like the pressing need for financing Indigenous schools on reserves (Provincial/Territorial Council on Social Policy Renewal 36.(Nobodyunderstands this need better than the director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, Cindy Blackstock. In 2007, Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nations launched a formal complaint against the federal government with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (Canadian Human Rights Tribunal 2). Almost ten years later, in 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that Canada was discriminating against First Nations children by not being able to provide equal or even adequate funding for services (165). It took nine years because the government threw up roadblocks, such as multiple appeals, which all inevitably delayed the case against them (Canadian Human Rights Tribunal 170). This is not democratic behaviour as manipulation caused their ultimate ruling to be delayed in the hopes of not having to face its consequences. They spent a total of $707,000 fighting the case (Canadian Human Rights Tribunal 170). Then in February 2018, they received their fifth non-compliance ruling which meant the current liberal government has to provide $1.4 billion over the next five years

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