OTTAWA, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Assembly of First Nations (AFN)
National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo responded to the release of the
federal government document "A Proposal for a Bill on First Nation
Education". The federal government says it will receive feedback on
this proposal up to early January 2014 and this will precede any
tabling in Parliament of legislation on a First Nation Education Act.
"First Nations have been clear about serious concerns with both the
federal process to date as well as what is required to support First
Nation student success ," said National Chief Atleo. "We have been very
vocal in what we are seeking: an approach that respects our rights and
enables First Nations control of First Nations education. Our children
and students deserve safe and good schools and supporting their success
with fair and stable funding that will address the gaps while supported
by strong First Nations systems and delivering a curriculum that
respects our rights and our languages. This work is tremendously
important to First Nations and is a top priority. The federal
government must meaningfully and immediately engage with First Nations.
We must get this right, right now."
AFN Nova Scotia-Newfoundland Regional Chief Morley Googoo, who holds the
Education portfolio for the AFN, said: "Aboriginal Affairs Minister
Valcourt met with the Chiefs Committee on Education on Monday October
21st and they delivered a direct message that First Nations must be fully
and meaningfully engaged in the design, development, and implementation
of First Nation education. We absolutely need an ongoing engagement to
get to a positive outcome that will support the success of First
The AFN and the Chiefs Committee on Education will be providing a
detailed analysis of the proposal and other information to assist First
Nations in their review of the federal document.
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
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SOURCE: Assembly of First Nations
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