Anishinabek signs historic self-governing education agreement

August 23, 2017

The Anishinabek Nation in Ontario signed the largest self-governing education agreement in Canadian history earlier this month. The agreement enables the Anishinabek Nation to govern its K-12 education system on reserve, which includes managing classroom curriculum and school resources in the hopes of improving academic achievement and keeping students in school. “These 23 communities will be in the driver's seat in creating a great future for their children,” said Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. “The impacts of colonialism in particular around the world with Indigenous people, they kept us uneducated and in poverty. And I think education is the key to our future, where we build capacity and we take over and run our own lives.” The ON government has also signed a “complementary agreement in education” for Anishinabek students who attend schools off reserve, which will see the First Nation communities and the province collaborate on programs and supports. CBC | Globe and Mail |  APTN News (video)