ON government’s REA framework removes barriers to education for First Nation students

October 1, 2019

The Government of Ontario has announced the creation of the new Reciprocal Education Approach (REA), a framework that aims to create a transparent process for First Nations youth and their families regarding whether they should study at a publicly funded school or a First Nation-operated school. “First Nations have long advocated for better access to education. It’s time we seize the opportunity to work with the province,” says Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Glen Hare. Coming into effect on September 1st, the REA eliminates the requirement for First Nations students to negotiate formal agreements on base fees for students attending a provincially-funded school or First Nation-operated school. “It’s about choices. The doors are opening up for our students to go to school in our communities or away. We have to support our students wherever they choose to go,” concludes Hare. Anishinabek News | Net News Ledger (ON)