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Erica Fisher

Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

10 years ago, 74.8 per cent of Aboriginal students in School District 60 graduated with a Dogwood diploma within six years of starting Grade 8. That rate plummeted to 43.8 per cent in 2013/2013. 

At the same time, the graduation rate in Fort Nelson has drastically increased to 87.1 per cent – the best among northern school districts. That’s up 47 per cent from just 40.1 per cent of School District 81 Aboriginal students completing high school in six years in 2002/2003. 

School District 59 has also seen an increase of nearly 17 per cent, from 42.4 per cent to 59.2. 

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Province-wide, the Aboriginal student completion rate has increased 72 per cent over 2002/2013 with 3,319 graduating last year. 

All three school districts in northeast B.C. have Aboriginal Education Advancement Agreements that include partnerships with local Aboriginal communities to share in making decisions and setting goals.

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