Education transformation: What we heard from the community-level discussions

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Summary of the discussions

From January to April  2017, more than 33,000 individuals participated in community-level discussions across Canada about First Nations Education Transformation. This included parents, community members, education staff, students, youth, Elders, and First Nation leaders. Discussions focused on a range of topics, and differed from region to region and from community to community. Several themes emerged, including:

This is a broad summary of what we heard from community-level discussions, but it does  not represent the perspective of every individual, community or region. The information shared with INAC by First Nation organizations following these discussions is being carefully considered in our next steps, and will help to inform the way forward on education transformation.

List of discussions funded by INAC

First Nations/ First Nation organizations Province
Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey Nova Scotia
Millbrook First Nation Nova Scotia
Mi'kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island
First Nations Education Initiative Inc. New Brunswick
Three Nations Education Group Inc. New Brunswick
First Nations Education Council Quebec
Institut Tshakapesh Quebec
Nishnawbe Aski Nation Ontario
Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Ontario
Sandy Lake First Nation Ontario
Chiefs of Ontario Ontario
Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians Ontario
Grand Council of Treaty #3 Ontario
Union of Ontario Indians Ontario
Akwesasne Economic Development Agency / Independent First Nations Ontario
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Inc. Manitoba
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Manitoba
Onion Lake Cree Nation Saskatchewan
Peter Balantyne Cree Nation Saskatchewan
Prince Albert Grand Council Saskatchewan
Agency Chiefs Tribal Council Saskatchewan
Thunderchild First Nation Saskatchewan
Yellowhead Tribal Development Foundation Alberta
Athabasca Tribal Council Alberta
Treaty 7 Management Corporation Alberta
Western Cree Tribal Council Alberta
North Peace Tribal Council Alberta
Big Stone Cree Nation Alberta
Lesser Slave Lake Regional Council Alberta
Enoch Cree Nation Alberta
Saddle Lake Band Alberta
Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. Alberta
KeeTasKeeNow Tribal Council Alberta
Miyo Wahkohtowin Committee Education Authority/Maskwasis Education Alberta
Paul Band Alberta
First Nations Education Steering Committee Society British Columbia
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