The SHRC established its K-12 equity program in 1985 in response to studies showing that up to 90% of Aboriginal students left school before completing grade 12. The Commission launched education equity after conducting a community consultation summarized in its 1985 report entitled Education Equity: A Report on Indian/Native Education in Saskatchewan.
Over time, education equity has expanded to cover the needs of groups who do not receive equality of educational benefit. The Commission notes that students with disabilities and students from racialized groups/visible minorities experience systemic disadvantage in education. Students may also experience disadvantage because of gender or sexual orientation. More information on the history of the program can be found in Developing an Education Equity Plan in the K-12 Educational Context.