Posted: March 30, 2010
First Nation students attending Bonal Law Memorial School in Rexton NB will soon be able to participate in an entrepreneurial program that will allow them to start a business venture, receive support and take advantage of mentoring from local business leaders, made possible by the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative. An agreement was signed at the school on March 29th 2010 by former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, NB Premier Shawn Graham, D16 Superintendent Laurie Keoughan and Elsipogtog First Nation Chief Jessie Simon. The program is aimed at giving First Nation students a chance to take full advantage of their educational opportunities and graduate from high school. Locally and nationally, statistics show that there is a significantly higher school drop-out rate amongst First Nation learners, for a variety of reasons. Mr. Martin and his family have developed this national educational initiative in an effort to alleviate this situation. The program at Bonar Law Memorial School is the first east of Thunder Bay ON. Following the signing ceremony on Monday guests were treated to a meal comprised of traditional foods and an opportunity to ask questions about the program's details. Mr. Martin, along with Premier Graham and Local MP Dominic LeBlanc then held a "town hall" style forum with the students of BLMS who eagerly took advantage of the chance to ask questions of Canada's 22nd Prime Minister. Visit "MAEI Agreement" .