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On June 21, 2011, the Government of Canada, in collaboration with the Assembly of First Nations, launched an engagement process on First Nation Elementary and Secondary Education. A National Panel was appointed to engage with First Nation leaders, parents, students, elders, teachers, provinces and all those with an interest in providing input on how to enhance the education system and outcomes of First Nation students. The Panel will be submitting a report, with recommendations, to the Minister and National Chief by the end of the 2011 calendar year.
This engagement process is central to the Government's commitment to long-term reform of First Nation education, centred on three pillars: results-based accountability; partnerships; and, provincial comparability.
The National Panel has been tasked with leading an engagement process on the development of options, including legislation, to improve elementary and secondary education outcomes for First Nation children who live on reserve. The National Panel will be engaging with:
The engagement process is designed to allow for wide coverage and to ensure that anyone with an interest and a view is able to have their say.