June 20, 2014 Ottawa, ON Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Bernard Valcourt, and Chief Sidney Peters of the Glooscap First Nation announced today that members of the First Nation will now be part of the Mi’kmaq Education Agreement in Nova Scotia.
The Government of Canada firmly believes First Nations students deserve a quality education, like every other Canadian. The Agreement, in place since 1997, is a model for First Nation self-government in education which recognizes local decisions on education, including language, history, identity, and customs in the regular curriculum.
Under the Agreement, Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey, the education authority, supports the delivery of education programs and services to a number of elementary and secondary schools, in addition to Kindergarten programs, in collaboration with the participating First Nation communities. As well, the Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey manages special education services, post-secondary education programming, education capital funding, school technology services, and tuition agreements with Nova Scotia’s Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for those on-reserve students who attend provincial schools.
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Chief Sidney Peters
Glooscap First Nation
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