Canada – House of commons regarding First Nation Control of First Nation Education
Indigenous Affairs – Oral Questions in House of Commons, December 7th, 2018 / 11:55 a.m.
Gudie Hutchings Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism
Madam Speaker, we know that working collaboratively to renew the relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership is key to achieving reconciliation and moving forward on self-determination for our indigenous people in Canada. The assertion of jurisdiction over education is just one step towards self-determination, and it is vital for communities to be able to teach their children in a way that underscores the importance of their culture and their language.
Can the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations update the House on the efforts to accelerate self-determination for indigenous people while closing the unacceptable education gap in our indigenous communities?
Marc Miller Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
Madam Speaker, our government is committing to advancing self-determination and ensuring that First Nations students have access to culturally appropriate, high-quality education that meets their needs.
The evidence is clear that First Nations-led education systems achieve better results for students. This week, the minister was honoured to sign an agreement in principle with the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, which represents a major step forward to greater self-determination and a brighter future, mostly importantly, for their students.
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