For instance, education is disrupted by early marriages as the youths are allowed to get married at a very early age. Women marry as soon as they reach the age of puberty, 14 or b15 years old, while boys are allowed marriage as soon as they can show they have the ability to earn livelihood (Roy, Loriene. Naturally, the youth become preoccupied with family matters while studies are set aside. This, I believe, explains heavy drop out or delay in graduating high school. It is noted that First Nation students finished high school at a much older age that could be due to other obligations aside from school. Added to that is they have close family ties that when students are relocated to pursue higher studies, they experienced homesickness and the culturally rooted differences that caused them to drop-out. First Nations people presently live in non-reservation areas. Their sources of income are employment, social assistance and child benefits. However, only 54% of the people in the community are employed. Even at this situation, their culture of generosity is shown by sharing their excess goods to less fortunate. Thriftiness and savings are not part of its culture so that all incomes are disposable and since income is small it is not enough to support a family. 2011). The Issue of the Education Gap between Students in Ontario and Canada.
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