The Government of Canada's overarching goal is to provide First Nation students with quality education that provides them with the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to enter the labour market and be full participants in a strong Canadian economy.
In 2011-2012, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANDC) invested approximately $1.55 billion in First Nation K-12 education and more than $322 million in post-secondary education to support First Nation and Inuit students across Canada. This funding was in addition to the approximately $200 million in 2011-2012 to support infrastructure costs for education facilities. This funding supported approximately 116,400 students in kindergarten to grade 12 and about 22,000 post secondary students.
Introduction of Bill C-33 – The First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act
On April 10, 2014, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt introduced Bill C-33 – the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act.
The proposed legislation responds to the five "conditions for success" that were identified by the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and endorsed in a resolution by the Chiefs in Assembly in December 2013.
The proposed legislation is a transformative step in efforts to close the gap in education outcomes for First Nations on reserve. It provides for stable, predictable funding that increases at a 4.5% rate of growth, clarifies roles and responsibilities, and establishes First Nations control of First Nations education as a central principle.
The Introduction of Bill C-33 builds on the February 7, 2014 announcement of an historic agreement between the Government of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations to reform the First Nations elementary and secondary education system through the proposed First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act.
Bill C-33 follows years of discussions, dialogue, studies, and unprecedented consultations that began in December 2012 which included: 8 face-to-face sessions, discussions, emails, video and teleconference – all reflecting the efforts of many individuals and organizations to improve First Nations elementary and secondary education.
- Education Programs – National Guidelines 2015-2016
- Post-Secondary Partnerships Program – General information
- Post-Secondary Partnerships Program: National Program Guidelines 2015-2016
Did you know?
- AANDC provides direct financial support for elementary and secondary education for First Nations living on reserve, and post-secondary education support for First Nation and Inuit students.
- AANDC delivers a number of important education programs, including: the First Nation Student Success Program and the Education Partnerships Program.
- The Government of Canada has signed tripartite education agreements in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Quebec (First Nation Education Council) and Saskatchewan (Saskatoon Tribal Council).
- Elementary and secondary school support for First Nation students living off reserve, as well as Métis, Inuit and non-status Indians, is provided through provincial and territorial school systems.
- All Aboriginal students, regardless of whether they are First Nation, Métis or Inuit, can also seek funding for post-secondary education through CanLearn and the Canada Student Loans and Grants program.
- The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 600 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation.
- The Government of Canada is developing an Education Information System (EIS) – a single data system to track performance and measure success - to support continuous improvement.
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