BC announces legislative changes to allow First Nations jurisdiction to certify, regulate teachers

November 3, 2021
The Government of British Columbia has announced legislative changes that will allow First Nations participating in BC’s education jurisdiction initiative to certify and regulate teachers who are working in schools under their jurisdiction. The new legislation will also change the British Columbia Teachers’ Council’s composition to ensure that the First Nations Education Authority is represented on the council. “The BC First Nations education jurisdiction initiative, including our ability to certify and regulate teachers who we know are the right fit for our schools and students, is a true reflection of First Nations control of First Nations education – which we have been advancing for decades,” said Hugh Braker of the Tseshaht First Nation. BC (BC)