Monday, February 10, 2014

Federal Politics

Native Education Reform

New Bill allows cultural control, sets standards

Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl


hilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt and National Chief Shawn Atleo to announce that an historic agreement with the Assembly of First Nations had been reached to reform the First Nations K-12 education system.


Working with First Nations partners and the Assembly of First Nations the Government is proceeding with the final drafting and tabling of the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, the goal of which is to ensure First Nation students on-reserve receive a quality education that will allow them to reach their full potential.

"Our Government firmly believes that First Nation students across Canada deserve access to a school system with the structures and supports that are available to other Canadian students across the country. This bill is good for First Nations, it is good for Canadians, and it is good for our country's future," said Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, will:

Recognize First Nations control of First Nations education.

Create a Joint Council of Education Professionals to provide advice and support to Canada and to First Nations on the implementation and oversight of the Act.

Ensure minimum education standards on-reserve, consistent with provincial standards off-reserve. For example, the legislation will enable First Nation schools to teach a core curriculum that meets or exceeds provincial standards, that students meet minimum attendance requirements, that teachers are properly certified and that First Nation schools award widely recognized diplomas or degrees. These requirements currently do not exist.

Provide stable, predictable, and sustainable funding that increases at a reasonable rate of growth and provide investments in transition and implementation.

Recognize the importance of language and culture as an essential element of First Nations education and will provide appropriate funding supports for language and culture programming.

"I look forward to working with Minister Valcourt, First Nations parents, teachers and leaders to help First Nation students participate fully in Canada's prosperous future," said Strahl.




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