OTTAWA, Feb. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, Assembly of First Nations (AFN)
National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo received the final report of the
National Panel on First Nations elementary and secondary education. The
National Panel began its work in June 2011 with a mandate, as an
independent body, to provide recommendations to both the Minister of
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and the Assembly of First
Nations to improve First Nations elementary and secondary education.
"I thank the members of the Panel for their effort and acknowledge the
tight timeframe for this work to be completed. First Nations set
education as a priority and have consistently advocated for
sustainable, equitable First Nations education systems that put our
children first," said National Chief Atleo. "I am encouraged that this
report acknowledges the urgency as well as the need to build First
Nation education systems that respect First Nation rights and
responsibilities. Now every First Nation leader and educator must have
the opportunity to reflect on their own path forward."
"We have also received important submissions from regional
organizations, First Nations as well as the recent Senate Committee
report on First Nations education. All of this work is critical and
reinforces the point that the time to act and to move forward is now,"
concluded National Chief Atleo.
This report is now available to all First Nations leaders, educators and
students to review and to consider. Working closely with the Chiefs
Committee on Education and national technical advisory bodies, the
Assembly of First Nations will confirm immediate plans for a possible
video conference as well as policy forum to engage broadly on next
steps and recommendations. The role of the Assembly of First Nations
will be to continue to facilitate this dialogue and to help create the
space and momentum so that every First Nation can decide on appropriate
and effective next steps to fully support their students to achieve
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