Thank you to all of our witnesses today, in person and by video conference, for your presentations.
I'll pick up on the theme of working with indigenous communities, and say that I really appreciated the information you shared with us, Ms. Flanagan and you, as well, Ms. Levine.
Obviously in this committee we're looking at bringing forward a range of recommendations. You've touched on a number of key recommendations with respect to training and financial literacy which are critical. However, oftentimes in recognizing the barriers that indigenous communities face, we can rewind right to the beginning and look at some barriers, particularly in terms of access to an adequate education, even at the basic level of K to 12.
Being from Manitoba, like you, Ms. Levine, I work with a number of first nations. Let's face it; we know that, particularly education, whether it's K-to-12 education or even post-secondary, is underfunded when you compare children on reserve to off reserve. We know of the devastating impacts of the 2% cap and what that has meant for access to a quality education for kids on reserve.
When we're talking about poverty alleviation, I'm wondering if perhaps you could both speak to how important it is to adequately fund first nations education, whether K to 12 or post-secondary, so that we can continue these conversations beyond that point as well.
Perhaps we could start with you, Ms. Flanagan, and then Ms. Levine.