Speeches and Presentations

The C.D. Howe Institute hosted a small group of thinkers drawn from Canada’s foremost leaders in First Nations education on April 15, 2016. The group gathered to discuss goals for students, the roles and responsibilities of government, and practical steps towards achieving measurable and attainable improvement in education outcomes for First Nations students.
The federal government should quickly release the $300 million increase it promised in operating expenditures for on-reserve students so that it can be used effectively in the upcoming school year, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute Verbatim. In “‘If we had 300 Million Dollars’: Funding for Reserve Schools,” authors Barry Anderson and John Richards urge the government to use part of the funding to “nudge” schools towards strategies that are likely to ensure students gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to participate in a modern economy.
First Nation elementary-secondary education requires several fundamental reforms to improve education outcomes for students on- and off-reserve, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute Verbatim. In “First Nations Elementary-Secondary Education: A National Dilemma,” author Waubageshig makes recommendations to reform three key components that serve as the foundation of any education program: teachers, principals and curriculum.
The C.D. Howe Institute hosted a small group of thinkers drawn from Canada’s foremost leaders in First Nations education on April 15, 2016. The group gathered to discuss goals for students, the roles and responsibilities of government, and practical steps towards achieving measurable and attainable improvement in education outcomes for First Nations students. Click here for the full report.  Participants share their views on what should be done, now, in the following Verbatims. Verbatim: “If we had 300 Million Dollars": Funding for Reserve Schools Authors Barry Anderson and John Richards urge the federal government to quickly release the $300 million increase it promised in operating expenditures for on-reserve students so...
“It’s all about people” should be the theme that guides Canada’s actions in 2015, according to Institute President and CEO William B. P. Robson. In “It’s All About People – Really! Some Human Capital Priorities for Canada in 2015,” Robson provides his perspective on national policy priorities for the new year. Prepared for the Institute’s National Council, the report lays out Robson’s recommendations for building, deploying and equipping our human capital, and creating an environment that fosters entrepreneurship and innovation. His recommendations include: Raising the profile of key international education performance measures, like PISA and TIMSS, and committing to moving Canada back into the front rank; Ottawa should build on...