December 06, 2007 12:00 ET

Signature of a memorandum of understanding between the First Nations Education Council (FNEC) and the ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS)

QUÉBEC CITY, Dec. 6 - In the course of the First Nations Socioeconomic Forum, held at Mashteuiatsh in October 2006, the FNEC and the MELS began discussions for the establishment of an official working relationship with mutual respect for each other's respective mission and mandate.

This intention to establish an official working relationship is a logical step bearing in mind that a large proportion of First Nations students attend Quebec's academic institutions. As the FNEC and the MELS share a common aim, which is to promote academic success among First Nations students and both organizations recognize the need to work together in a spirit of collaboration.

The aim of the MOU is to set up a consultation group designed to examine the challenges that are represented for both parties by the schooling of First Nations students, both youth and adults, in Quebec schools.

"We are putting a great deal of faith in this issue table to give us concrete results and to promote practices and expertise" declared Lise Bastien, FNEC Director.

"The signature of the Memorandum will enable us to improve our relations and to proceed with an exchange of expertise for the benefit of our young people." stated Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.

The Memorandum will be signed today at 2.00 p.m., followed by a press call. The event will take place at the Musée de la Civilisation in Québec City, in the Salon des Visiteurs.

The FNEC is a not-for-profit organization, which defends the interests of First Nations in education. For more information, please visit out Internet site, at

Contact Information

  • Thanissa Lainé, Communication Officer, First Nations Education Council, (418) 842-7672