$2B needed for 'immediate' fixes to First Nations schools, bureaucrats say
The federal Indigenous Affairs Department says it needs at least $2 billion to fix 115 First Nations schools that require "immediate attention," according to documents tabled in the House of Commons.
The Liberal government committed half that amount of money over five years in the last budget, and earmarked it for upgrades across the entire school system. The funds will not necessarily be directed toward the schools most in need of repairs — causing some observers to warn there could be a funding crunch that would leave some crucial fixes left unfunded.
The new money is also heavily back-loaded, with nearly 40 per cent pegged to roll out after the next election. There is no guarantee a new government would make the same spending commitments.