For Immediate Release
December 6, 2017 – North Bay, ON – The House of Commons today endorsed legislation that clears the way for nearly two dozen Anishinabek Nation communities, including Nipissing First Nation, to operate their own education system.
The goal of Bill C-61 is to give effect to the largest education self-government agreement in Canada. It marks a major step out from under the Indian Act for 23 Anishinabek First Nations toward greater self-determination and improved education outcomes for students.
“I am proud to be part of a government that demonstrates its commitment to meaningful reconciliation and a renewed relationship with First Nations."Anthony RotaMP (Nipissing-Timiskaming)
Nipissing First Nation, which lies within the Nipissing-Timiskaming riding, is among the signatories of this monumental agreement. The headquarters of the Union of Ontario Indians, the secretariat of the Anishinabek Nation, is located on its territory. The community will also be home to the Kinoomaadziwin Education Authority, the central body that will oversee the new education system.
Bill C-61 now moves to the Senate for consideration.
The Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement recognizing Anishinabek control over education on reserve from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 in the participating First Nations.
It creates the Anishinabek Education System – a system designed by the Anishinabek to deliver culturally relevant and community-tailored education programs and services for the benefit of current and future generations of Anishinabek students. This includes promoting Anishinaabe culture and language.
The target implementation date for the Anishinabek Education System is April 1, 2018.
“Under the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement, decision-making power over education will rest exactly where it belongs – in the hands of the 23 participating First Nations. This historic agreement will lead to better education outcomes for students by ensuring they remain connected to their culture and language. The Government of Canada is proud to be working in true partnership to ensure the next generation have the tools they need to succeed. You are all an inspiration.”
– The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
“I am proud to be part of a government that demonstrates its commitment to meaningful reconciliation and a renewed relationship with First Nations. The Anishinabek Nation will have the autonomy to create a learning environment that respects and reflects their culture, history, traditions and language and strives to give students the best chance of success. I would like to extend my congratulations to Nipissing First Nation for joining this system and for hosting the administrative body that will develop and implement it.”
– Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming
- The Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement was signed by Canada and the 23 participating First Nations on August 16, 2017. It is the largest education self-government agreement in Canada due to the number of First Nations involved.
- The participating First Nations have signed a complementary first-of-its- kind education agreement with the Government of Ontario. The Master Education Agreement shares a vision of a new relationship that supports Anishinabek student success and well-being in the Anishinabek Education System and provincially funded education system.
- There are 27 self-government agreements across Canada involving 67 Indigenous communities.
- Research has shown that Indigenous self-government can help close socio- economic gaps and improve community well-being.
Who is included in the Anishinabek Education System?
- 23 Anishinabek First Nations
- Approximately 25,000 Anishinabek peoples
- Approximately 8,000 students from JK to Grade 12 – 2,000 of whom are on reserve
- Aamjiwnaang First Nation
- Atikameksheng Anishnawbek
- Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation
- Beausoleil First Nation
- Biigtigong Nishnaabeg
- Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek
- Chippewas of Georgina Island
- Chippewas of Rama First Nation
- Dokis First Nation
- Henvey Inlet First Nation
- Long Lake #58 First Nation
- Magnetawan First Nation
- Michipicoten First Nation
- Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation
- Moose Deer Point First Nation
- Munsee-Delaware Nation
- Nipissing First Nation
- Pic Mobert First Nation
- Sheshegwaning First Nation
- Wahnapitae First Nation
- Wasauksing First Nation
- Whitefish River First Nation
- Zhiibaahaasing First Nation