UOI OFFICES (NIPISSING FIRST NATION), Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Anishinabek
Nation Chiefs have unanimously rejected the federal government's draft
proposal of the First Nations Education Act because, in the words of
Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee: "We need to show the government
and the world that we can do the job of educating our children."
Chiefs responded to presentations by members of the Education Working
Group and the Youth Council who urged them to work collectively for the
future of Anishinabek Nation children.
"Our leaders appreciate the support we received from our community
members to continue developing an Anishinabek Education System," said
the Grand Council Chief. "Yes, the government is breaching our legal
and constitutional rights with their ongoing legislative assault
against First Nations. But in the final analysis, this is about our
inherent and treaty rights to provide our children the type of
education most likely to help them succeed."
Chiefs unanimously endorsed a resolution "vehemently" condemning the
FNEA as "an unwelcome intrusion into Anishinabek Nations inherent
jurisdiction", and directing staff to continue developing the
Anishinabek Education System that has been a source of negotiation with
Canada for 19 years.
The resolution referred to the government plan's inadequate resourcing
of First Nations education, which currently provides thousands of
dollars less in funding for students attending First Nations schools
than students attending provincial schools across Canada.
"There simply cannot be second-class education systems in a country that
calls itself a democracy," said Madahbee. "We have our own solutions
for Anishinabek Education System."
The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its
secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member
communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people.
The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in
Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires,
which existed long before European contact.
SOURCE: Anishinabek Nation
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