Government of Canada and Treaty 4 sign Letter of Understanding in commitment to education transformation

News Release

December 22, 2017     Ottawa, Ontario        Department of Indigenous Services Canada

The Government of Canada and Treaty 4 Education Alliance are pleased to advance their shared commitment to education transformation with the signing of a Letter of Understanding (LOU).  

As partners in the treaty relationship, the parties will begin working towards the establishment of a new First Nation education system that will ensure Treaty 4 Education Alliance First Nations children on reserve receive the quality education they need to succeed.

This important initiative supports First Nations-led education transformation and reflects Canada’s commitment to support a quality and culturally relevant First Nations education system, developed and controlled by First Nations.


“This Letter of Understanding marks the path forward in creating a First Nations-led education system for Treaty 4 First Nations students; one that fosters student success in a culturally relevant learning environment. This is part of broader shift to ensure to a future where Indigenous peoples fully exercise the right to self-determination. I look forward to the work ahead with our partners and to the successes of First Nations students for generations to come.”

The Honourable Jane Philpott
Minister of Indigenous Services

“With this Letter of Understanding we are committing providing the students within the Treaty 4 Territory all the opportunities they need to be successful. This partnership represents a transformation of the First Nation education system and a renewal of the inherent right to education through the treaty.”   

Chief Reginald Bellerose, Muskowekwan First Nation
Chair, Treaty 4 Education Alliance Board of Directors

Quick Facts

  • This partnership will benefit First Nations students of the Treaty 4 Education Alliance in Saskatchewan.

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Andrew MacKendrick
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott

INAC Media Relations
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

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