According to a report commissioned for the Assembly of First Nations chiefs, Canadian indigenous students were graduating high school at a rate of about 36 per cent just seven years ago — exactly half the overall national graduation rate.

In December of 2015, the provincial government announced B.C. Aboriginal completion rates had capped five years of steady improvement with a record high of 63 per cent.

The Port Alberni, Comox Valley, Qualicum and Sooke school districts all matched or exceeded the provincial rate last year. Nanaimo, Campbell River and Victoria missed the cut, dropping to 58, 51 and 60 per cent respectively, but that was after each posted rates of 64 per cent in 2014.

However, with the overall B.C. completion rate hovering at 86 per cent, there is still work to be done to close the gap.

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