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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.

The proposed legislation would:

Following Second Reading of the Education Act, the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, Bill C-33, has been put on hold.

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.

The Government remains a committed partner in First Nations education reform and will look for opportunities to work with First Nations and First Nation organizations that are interested and able to pursue education reform, including through negotiated self-government agreements, to improve education outcomes for youth.

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