Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Government of Canada mark next steps in education transformation by signing agreement

OTTAWATRADITIONAL AND UNCEDED TERRITORY OF THE ALGONQUIN ANISHINAABEG PEOPLE, THE, December 6, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, partners of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and the Government of Canada met to sign the NAN-Canada Education Restoration Board Agreement. This agreement marks an important step forward in education reform work and towards First Nations leadership over First Nations education systems in the region. It was signed Tuesday by NAN Big Boss Derek Fox and Deputy Big Boss daffodil bobbyand the Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services.

Through this agreement, both parties will continue to work in partnership to support education systems serving 49 NAN communities to deliver safe, culturally appropriate, and high-quality educational services in a way that respects the diverse circumstances, strengths, and challenges of their communities. . The agreement establishes the NAN-Canada Education Reset Table with a mandate to develop a policy and funding framework that can help First Nations in NAN territory exercise greater control over their education systems.

The guiding principles of the alliance between the NAN and the Government of Canada include:

  • collaborative and transparent decision-making.
  • a learner-centred approach.
  • equitable services and outcomes.
  • equitable, community-focused, and evidence-based funding.
  • culturally appropriate discussions and decisions.

Meetings and discussions will also be based on the spirit and ethics embodied in the Seven Sacred Teachings of the Anishinaabe.

The future of education for NAN students must be based on the remembrance, healing, and reconciliation of First Nations children, youth, and families, and all survivors of residential schools, Indian Day Schools, Sixties Scoop, and Ralph Rowe.

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“The communities of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation are on the path to delivering an education designed and delivered by Indigenous people. Today we sign the terms of reference that will guide our work to transform education for Indigenous children. First Nations are leading the way way to ensure their systems are culturally relevant and create the best start for their youth. It is long overdue and will change lives and communities.”

The Honorable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Indigenous Services

“Education is a priority, and this agreement puts us on the path to moving forward in the right direction. The Education Restoration Table is a NAN-specific process endorsed by federal government decision-makers and NAN First Nations sitting together at the table. This will accelerate our combined efforts to develop a culturally appropriate curriculum that supports mental health and well-being, delivered through a safe and supportive school environment.”

daffodil bobby
Deputy Grand Chief

“Signing the Terms of Reference for the Nishnawbe Aski Nation-Canada Education Restoration Board is another step towards our shared goal of having NAN communities take control of their education systems. This agreement will ensure that work and discussions be guided by remembrance, healing and reconciliation Congratulations to the Big Boss derek fox and Deputy Grand Chief daffodil bobby!”

The Honorable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Relations-Crown

Fast facts

  • NAN territory consists of 49 First Nations located in Treaty 9 and the ontario part of Treaty 5 territories, including 34 flying communities.
  • The table is made up of representatives from both parties, who are knowledgeable about education systems that serve First Nations, including NAN First Nations, and about policy and funding frameworks.
  • Nine regional educational agreements have been developed by the Government of Canada and First Nations partners to address the different needs and priorities of each community. These agreements represent approximately 22,000 students. Discussions are currently underway with other First Nations communities and educational organizations to promote other educational agreements across the country.
  • This agreement continues important work underway with First Nations to help close the educational gap between First Nations and non-Indigenous people in Canada.
  • The agreement aligns with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Calls to Action of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canadathat ask the Government of Canada provide quality education to First Nations respecting the principle of First Nations control over First Nations education. This initiative also contributes to the Government’s response to the Calls for Justice of the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
  • The seven sacred teachings:
    • dbaadendiziwin (humility): Knowing our limitations and finding balance in them.
    • Aakwa’ode’ewin (courage): Approach our responsibilities with integrity and conviction.
    • gwekaadziwin (honesty): Do not deceive ourselves or others.
    • nbwaakaawin (wisdom): To learn and build a new path for the next Seven Generations.
    • debwewin (truth): Open ourselves to the path and destiny.
    • No man (respect): Knowing the balance in ourselves and honoring the needs of others.
    • zaagidwin (love): living in accordance with these teachings for ourselves and others.
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For more information: Media may contact: Alison Murphy, Press Secretary, Office of the Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services, [email protected]; Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Media Inquiries, 807-625-4965, [email protected]; Media Relations, Indigenous Services of Canada, 819-953-1160, [email protected]