Ontario Chiefs join in rejection of proposed FNEA

November 20, 2013

Recently, members of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), including Chiefs, Councillors, First Nation educators, Elders and youth, met to declare their rejection of the proposed First Nations Education Act, and to “confirm and declare First Nations Inherent and Treaty Right to control the future of education in NAN territory.” The declaration was made after a 3-day Chiefs Summit on Education, where Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic, who holds the education portfolio, stated, “We have a sacred trust to our children and future generations to provide a quality education that respects our culture, values, and traditions while enabling them to live safe, healthy and productive lives, and today we are taking action to make that a reality.” The Anishinabek Nation Chiefs, through the Union of Ontario Indians, has also unanimously rejected the proposed education act, as "an unwelcome intrusion into Anishinabek Nation’s inherent jurisdiction." CBC | Wawatay News | Net News LedgerChronicle Journal | Union of Ontario Indians News Release