TORONTO, June 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Provincial and territorial ministers of
education are joining today with Canadians to celebrate National
First established in 1996 by then Governor General Roméo LeBlanc,
National Aboriginal Day honours the rich cultural heritage of First
Nation, Inuit, and Métis peoples and celebrates their important
contribution to Canada's past, present, and future.
"National Aboriginal Day gives us the opportunity to learn more about
Aboriginal peoples ― their history, their cultures, their values ― and
in doing so, deepen our understanding of Canadian society," said Andrew
Parkin, Director General of the Council of Ministers of Education,
In the context of National Aboriginal Day, ministers of education wish
to underscore the importance of Aboriginal learning as a key priority
for CMEC. Ministers of education are working collaboratively to
eliminate the gap in academic achievement and graduation rates between
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students. They recognize that education
is the key to growth and development among First Nation, Inuit, and
In follow-up to the 2009 CMEC Summit on Aboriginal Education held in
Saskatoon and recent collaborative work on the definition and
collection of education data related to Aboriginal learners, CMEC will
be hosting the Educators' Forum on Aboriginal Education, in Winnipeg,
Manitoba, from December 1 to 3, 2011.
The event will bring together a wide range of stakeholders in Aboriginal
education ― from educators and academics to government officials and
Aboriginal-organization representatives ― to talk about what works for
Aboriginal learners in early-childhood education (ECE) and K-12
education. Using a case-study format, participants will examine
programs, policies, and practices that have been shown to be effective
in improving one or more aspects of Aboriginal ECE and/or K-12
improved academic outcomes
increased community wellness
increased student well‐being, self‐confidence, identity, values, pride,
personal development, or competence
positive link to employment
increased participation in the education system
active participation in community life
The forum will provide a unique opportunity for participants from across
Canada to engage in face‐to‐face dialogue, exchange with their
colleagues and peers, and build networks in the field of Aboriginal ECE
and K-12 education.
More information about the forum can be found at www.cmec.ca/educatorsforum.
Aboriginal-education stakeholders who wish to submit a proposal for the
forum may do so at www.surveygizmo.com/s3/521803/cmec.
The deadline for submission of proposals is July 4, 2011.
Founded in 1967, CMEC is the collective voice of Canada's ministers of
education. It provides leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and
international levels and contributes to the fulfillment of the
constitutional jurisdiction for education conferred on the provinces
and territories. For more information, visit us at www.cmec.ca.
SOURCE Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
For further information:
Tel.: 416-962-8100, ext. 259