Bill C-33: First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act

The proposed First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act builds upon years of dialogue, studies and reports, and consultations.

The proposed legislation would:

  • outline the Government of Canada's commitment to a statutory guarantee for stable, predictable and sustainable funding, including an investment in school infrastructure. This streamlined funding approach would reduce the complex structures now in place to three funding streams, ensure a funding commitment will have a reasonable rate of growth, and provide transition funding to support the new legislative framework;
  • reinforce First Nations' ability to incorporate language and culture programming into their education curricula;
  • create a Joint Council of Education Professionals comprised of education experts to provide advice and support to the Government of Canada and First Nations on the implementation of the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act; and,
  • provide the Joint Council of Education Professionals with an oversight role to ensure that ministerial powers provided by the Act are limited and used as a last resort.

Going forward, the Government of Canada is committed to a collaborative process in development of regulations with First Nations.  The partnership does not end with the introduction of Bill C-33.  The overriding goal of legislation is better outcomes for First Nation students.

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