Many First Nations people are reacting with anger and disappointment to the Federal Government’s proposed education legislation for First Nations that recently was released by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Bernard Valcourt.

Under the draft legislation, band councils would be allowed to operate schools directly, as some already do, but also to purchase services from provincial or regional school boards or from the private sector. First Nations could also form education authorities that would oversee one or more schools in a region, but the Federal Government would set and enforce standards for schools on reserves. As well, the minister would retain power to take over a school or school authority if issues arise.

The speaker will argue that in addition to wanting more control over their education, First Nations need fair and predictable funding and that should be part of the package. Schools on reserves presently do not receive the same level of funding as other provincial schools.

Speaker: Sheena Jackson

Sheena Jackson has worked with the Treaty 7 Management Corporation for seven years. In her time there she has successfully negotiated a MOU for First Nations Education in Alberta on behalf of Treaty 7. This mandate is aimed at improving educational services and increasing the number of student graduates in First Nations communities.

Moderator: Martin Heavy Head

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Time: Noon - 1:30 PM
Location: Country Kitchen Catering (Lower level of The Keg) 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr S
Cost: $11.00 (includes lunch)

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