OTTAWA, July 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister
of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the Honourable Peter
Fassbender, Minister of Education for the Province of British Columbia, and Tyrone McNeil, President of the First Nations Education Steering
Committee (FNESC), today signed an extension of the Education
Jurisdiction Framework Agreement.
"No one is better placed than First Nation communities to build their
education systems," said Minister Valcourt. "We need to continue to
work together to improve graduation rates and help First Nation
students attain a high quality of education."
"We are happy to work with our partners to improve outcomes for
First Nation students," said B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender.
"This agreement recognizes the importance of First Nation groups having
more control over the Kindergarten to 12 education that happens on
"First Nations in British Columbia have worked together for over 20
years to build our education system so that all our children can access
quality education opportunities," stated Tyrone McNeil, FNESC
President, "The signing represents a recommitment by Canada and B.C. to
recognize and support the education authority of First Nation
communities, and it also presents an important opportunity for us to
continue working toward full implementation of our jurisdiction."
On July 5, 2006, Canada, British Columbia and FNESC signed the Framework
Agreement which established a basis for education jurisdiction
negotiations in British Columbia. As a result of the Agreement, 14 First Nations are working towards assuming self-governing jurisdiction over
on-reserve education for grades Kindergarten to 12, along with 54 other
interested First Nations who have formally indicated through band
council resolutions their wish to enter into a Canada-First Nation
Education Jurisdiction Agreement in the future.
The 2006 Framework Agreement has now been extended for an additional
five years in order to continue the development of Education
Jurisdiction Agreements for these First Nations.
"Our Government remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the
Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the
safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen
of this country, and of course, their personal financial security,"
concluded Minister Valcourt.
This release is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
British Columbia Ministry of Education
Government Communications and Public Engagement
250-356-5963 (media line)
First Nations Education Steering Committee
Senior Communications Officer
You can receive all our news and media updates automatically. For more information or to sign up for our Media Room RSS Feed, visit: www.aandc-aadnc.gc.ca/1info/rssinfo-eng.asp.