BC First Nations Gain Jurisdiction Over Education

November 23, 2006

Yesterday, Jim Prentice, federal minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, announced the introduction of Bill C-34, the First Nations Jurisdiction Over Education in British Columbia Act, which will enable the federal government to negotiate individually with interested First Nations the transfer of authority over education on reserves. "Bill C-34 grants interested First Nations the power to improve education outcomes in their communities. It will enable them to establish educational authorities, set and enforce provincially recognized standards for curricula and teacher standards, and issue graduation certificates." CNW media release