Senate urges First Nation control over education

December 16, 2011

A new Senate report recommends significant changes to the system of on-reserve education in Canada. The report proposes a new First Nations Education Act, which would provide a legislative framework for a revamped system and recognize the authority of First Nations peoples for on-reserve elementary and secondary education. It also recommends the Aboriginal Affairs minister and First Nations authorities negotiate a funding system, an implementation timeline, and a task force to oversee the system. The report concludes that a “properly resourced First Nations-run education system could pave the way towards academic success and the cultural renewal necessary to lead First Nations out of dependence towards the full partnership that the treaties guarantee.” Read the report