Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

November 22, 2007 14:09 ET

Statement From the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians

First Nations Jurisdiction over Education in British Columbia Act comes into effect

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2007) -

I am proud to mark today as a turning point for First Nations in British Columbia as the First Nations Jurisdiction over Education in British Columbia Act comes into effect. The Act, which received Royal Assent on December 12, 2006, will allow First Nations to assume meaningful control over their on-reserve education.

The Government of Canada recognizes the urgent need to reform First Nations education. Through this Act, participating First Nation school authorities will have responsibility for developing their own curricula, defining educational standards and certifying teachers and schools in a way that is compatible with the adjoining public school system. It enables First Nations to create a future firmly grounded in their rich history and culture.

I commend the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), who negotiated on behalf of First Nations in BC, for their dedication to solidifying new opportunities for the next generation of Aboriginal learners. Our Government will continue to support FNESC in its role of assisting First Nation communities, students and schools to achieve new levels of success.

Today's milestone clearly indicates movement in the right direction, creating a stronger and more prosperous outlook for First Nations in British Columbia and paving the way for further First Nation education agreements across Canada.

Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Philippe Mailhot
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002
    or
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations
    819-953-1160