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Local Mi'kmaw students might lose assistance from educational organization

Some Mi'kmaw students in the area who benefit from educational assistance might soon be without that help.

Eleanor Bernard, the executive director of Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey, says they've been trying to negotiate for two years, but officials with the federal government aren't responding to their requests.

She says she wants to know where negotiations stand.

Bernard tells The Hawk there's data to back up their success.

"Across the country, if you look at any of the other First Nations communities, I don't think any other First Nations community is graduating students at an 88-to-89 per cent rate," she says. "We are here in Nova Scotia under the Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey."

Bernard says they've been sending letters, but they want to sit down with federal officials and get this settled.

She says they want an update.

"Where do our agreements stand, you know," she says. "They say it's going to be a priority, but we've been negotiating our funding agreement for 24 months."

Bernard says the organization won't exist beyond April if they don't reach an agreement by November.

They assist First Nations students across the province, including students in Paq'tnkek, We'koqma'q, Potlotek, Wagmatcook and Eskasoni.

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