Goal 4: Quality Education

Elle Griffin & Mickayla Rutkowski


... make Albertan off-reserve schools more safe and enriching for Indigenous youth?



Life in Canada is not what you might think for typical teenage Indigenous youth. The challenges they face are, statistically, significantly greater than those which non-Indigenous kids face. Being a teenager itself presents many challenges; when you throw things like friendship dynamics, middle school, authority figures and formal education into the mix, it paints an overwhelming picture.

There are not many studies that analyze the safety, security and enjoyment Indigenous youth have in schools where their traditional languages, cultures and learning styles are not integrated. In a complex system, riddled with generational trauma, teachers are an important leverage point for change.