Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, with regard
to the answer to Senator Dallaire about education, the
leader said this government is committed to increasing
educational opportunities for young Aboriginal Canadians,
yet at the same time, they have cut funding towards the
University of the Arctic. Previously, the university
received funding of about $700,000 over a number of years,
and now that is being chopped to $150,000.
senators know, in the Arctic, there is a wealth of young
people — probably 50 per cent are under the age of 25 — and
there are positions open, but they do not have the training.
Therefore, how can the leader say the government is
committed to increasing opportunities for education for
Aboriginal youth when they are cutting funding to the
University of the Arctic?
Marjory LeBreton (Leader of the Government): The
government made a commitment. There were two parts to this
commitment. There was also a commitment from the other side
to participate in this funding. That did not happen.
However, the government is continuing to work to find proper
ways to extend and participate in the education of young