Ontario, federal government and Nishnawbe Aski Nation sign historic agreement to improve education outcomes for First Nation students

April 24, 2013

On April 9, The Government of Canada, The Province of Ontario, and Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) signed an historic MOU on First Nations education. The focus of the agreement is to work collaboratively to improve educational outcomes for NAN students while also giving the communities a larger say in the schooling of its approximately 7,000 students. “This MOU recognizes the authority and autonomy of NAN First Nations and reflects the original spirit and intent of the Treaties, which is Indian control of Indian Education,” said NAN Grand Chief Harvey Yesno. “By working collaboratively we will be better able to prepare our students with the self-confidence and educational opportunities they need to reach their educational goals and achieve their full potential.” While First Nations teachers, support staff and parents will have greater input in curriculum development and a larger presence in schools, the MOU will also prioritize support services for students living away from home. This is the first tripartite education agreement to be signed in Ontario. Aboriginal Affairs News Release | CTV