OTTAWA, Jan. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National
Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today congratulated the First Nations
Education Steering Committee (FNESC), the BC provincial government and
the federal government for a successful negotiation and partnership to
advance First Nation Control of First Nation Education. This Tripartite
Education Framework Agreement builds on the foundation for First
Nations education in British Columbia which has been established over
the past decade.
AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo noted, "Education is the key to
unlocking the full potential of First Nation citizens. I want to
congratulate all parties to the agreement for making this commitment to
ensure First Nations learners in British Columbia have the opportunity
to experience a quality, culturally-relevant, community-driven
education which will enable them to find their path in life. In
principle, this is about ensuring fairness and equity for students in
all schools no matter where they are located. This is a sound approach
for strengthening First Nations education."
"The BC Tripartite Education Framework Agreement is another example of
BC leading the way in First Nations' education. The agreement is a
practical model of how partnerships can work to ensure our children
have the quality education they need and deserve," said BC Regional
Chief Jody Wilson Raybould. She added, "Today's success is a testament
to the determination of our First Nation leadership to drive solutions
and put our children first. The federal and provincial governments are
to be commended for working collaboratively, respectively and openly to
achieve the Agreement reached today."
The agreement is supported by a new funding model that will result in BC
First Nation schools being funded in the same way as a similarly sized
and situated public school in the province. It provides for an
additional $15 million annually to support BC First Nations in the
operation of on-reserve schools, and to support FNESC in offering
support services to schools.
"It is critical to advance First Nation designed solutions and bridge
the funding gap for instructional services in First Nations schools.
This agreement demonstrates the goodwill needed to move forward in this
way. We must work to replicate success as appropriate for all
jurisdictions right across the country securing quality First Nation
education for all of our learners," National Chief Atleo stated.
"Ensuring our education systems reflect our languages and cultures is
an integral part of the success we see right across the country and
this agreement paves the way to lock in this success for all future
generations. This can only be achieved if we work together. We will not
lose another generation. We need to start moving forward and turn the
page to a new chapter, together."
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN and National Chief Atleo
on Twitter @AFN_Updates, @AFN_Comms and @NCAtleo.
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