Self-government over education on horizon for 23 Anishinabek Nation First Nations in Ontario
“With this successful vote, we are one step closer to our goal of opening the Anishinabek Education System. Canada’s commitment to First Nation education has been shown by its support of this law. When this law takes effect, we will be ready to take full control over JK to Grade 12 education in our Participating First Nations.”
Grand Council Chief Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee
“Under the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement, decision making power over education will rest exactly where it belongs – in the hands of the 23 participating First Nations. This historic agreement will lead to better education outcomes for students by ensuring they remain connected to their culture and language. The Government of Canada is proud to be working in true partnership to ensure the next generation have the tools they need to succeed. You are all an inspiration.”
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown- Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
The Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement was signed by Canada and the 23 Participating First Nations on August 16, 2017. It is the largest education self-government agreement in Canada due to the number of First Nations involved.
The Participating First Nations have signed a complementary education agreement with the Government of Ontario. The Master Education Agreement shares a vision of a new relationship that supports Anishinabek student success and well-being in the Anishinabek Education System and provincially funded Education System.
There are 27 self-government agreements across Canada involving 67 Indigenous communities.
Research has shown that Indigenous self-government can help close socio- economic gaps and improve community well-being.
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
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