Rural Education

For many rural communities, the difference between viability and extinction is the existence of a bustling local school.

Many rural places are struggling to retain their schools. Challenges include a steady outflow of young people to urban areas and a lack of 21st-century information and communications infrastructure. While the challenge to retain — let alone grow — rural schools is often a daunting one, there are ways forward.

While access to education is hugely important for all rural Canadians, it is particularly vital for Indigenous Canadians. With a population growth rate significantly higher than the national average, and clear evidence that Aboriginal employment rates increase dramatically with educational success, K-12 and post-secondary achievement is of vital importance for Aboriginal Canadians and the nation at large.


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