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Indigenous students in Ontario still have lower attendance and graduation rates and are suspended twice as often as their non-Indigenous peers.
The educational outlook was released recently in two reports examining long-standing education gaps by the Chiefs of Ontario, a regional organization representing 133 chiefs.
Around 67 per cent of Ontario students attended school at least 90 per cent of the time. For First Nations students, that number dipped to 40 per cent overall and to 24 per cent for students living in First Nations communities.
Graduation rates are also lower, with 89 per cent of Ontario students getting a diploma within five years, while only 60 per cent of First Nations students graduated in the same time frame.