Welcome!

News Feed Item

Saskatchewan First Nations and Tribal Councils Are Supportive of the Proposed First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act

MEADOW LAKE, SASKATCHEWAN -- (Marketwired) -- 05/27/14 -- After careful consideration, Meadow Lake Tribal Council and the Battleford Tribal Chiefs believe that the proposed First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, Bill - C33 should be reintroduced in the House of Commons.

Tribal Chief Eric Sylvestre stated, "It is time to address the chronic underfunding of education on-reserve and that funding for our education programs should be supported by a statutory authority. Our communities cannot continue with project based funding and annual increases for education that are substantively less than annual provincial funding to school divisions."

Further, Chief Robert Merasty, Flying Dust First Nation added, "As leaders it is our responsibility to have a complete understanding of legislation being proposed to our First Nations and make decisions based on the best interests of our people. I believe the new education legislation presents an opportunity for our First Nations to sit down with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and entrench an agreement that will benefit our communities and control the education of our future leaders with the resources for which we have fought."

Chief Lori Whitecalf, Sweetgrass First Nation, and Chair of the Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs, expressed concern about the focus on politics and rhetoric and the loss of attention on the interests of our children and our communities. She highlighted that, "It is time that we get Bill - C33 back on track and roll up our sleeves and get to work on developing a regulatory framework together, a framework that Minister Valcourt committed to develop collaboratively."

Chief Lance Byhette, Buffalo River, recognizes the need to move forward with the proposed First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act. Chief Byhette said, "There is a need to have the proposed legislation reintroduced and a willingness to assess areas that the legislation can be improved upon through constructive dialogue and not political posturing and rhetoric."

The First Nation and tribal leaders want to see the legislation reintroduced in the House of Commons and hope other First Nation leaders reconsider their positions. As leaders we acknowledge the efforts of Minister Valcourt to correct the historic funding imbalance and his desire to establish a new statutory funding authority. It is recognized that the Minister has agreed to collaboratively develop a regulatory framework and is open to addressing appropriate amendments to the proposed legislation that would add clarity and address concerns.

With regard to potential amendments to the proposed legislation there is need of clarification regarding the compatibility of bylaws with aggregate First Nation education authorities. Also of importance is the need to ensure that the collaborative development of the regulatory framework be independently facilitated.

The regulatory framework would establish the fiscal requirements and not be arbitrarily restricted to a pre-determined budget allocation. In addition, the panel of experts will require an independent professional support capacity to ensure that they can fulfill their obligations to First Nations and not be dependent on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

This proposed legislation affords an opportunity to enhance the educational opportunities for First Nations children.

Contacts:
Eric Sylvestre
Tribal Chief, Meadow Lake Tribal Council
[email protected]

Robert Merasty
Chief, Flying Dust First Nation
[email protected]

Lori Whitecalf
Chief, Sweetgrass First Nation
[email protected]

Lance Byhette
Chief Buffalo River Dene Nation
[email protected]

For background information only, please contact:
Ken Okanee
Director of Education, Meadow Lake Tribal Council
[email protected]

Neil Sasakamoose
Executive Director, Battlefords Agency Tribal Council
[email protected]

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Massive Networks, that helps your business operate seamlessly with fast, reliable, and secure internet and network solutions, has been named "Exhibitor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. As a premier telecommunications provider, Massive Networks is headquartered out of Louisville, Colorado. With years of experience under their belt, their team of...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM has been named “Diamond Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st Cloud Expo, which will take place on October 31 through November 2nd 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
Infoblox delivers Actionable Network Intelligence to enterprise, government, and service provider customers around the world. They are the industry leader in DNS, DHCP, and IP address management, the category known as DDI. We empower thousands of organizations to control and secure their networks from the core-enabling them to increase efficiency and visibility, improve customer service, and meet compliance requirements.
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Michael Burley, a Senior Business Development Executive in IT Services at NetApp, will describe how NetApp designed a three-year program of work to migrate 25PB of a major telco's enterprise data to a new STaaS platform, and then secured a long-term contract to manage and operate the platform. This significant program blended the best of NetApp’s solutions and services capabilities to enable this telco’s successful adoption of private cloud storage and launchi...
SYS-CON Events announced today that TidalScale will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TidalScale is the leading provider of Software-Defined Servers that bring flexibility to modern data centers by right-sizing servers on the fly to fit any data set or workload. TidalScale’s award-winning inverse hypervisor technology combines multiple commodity servers (including their ass...
As hybrid cloud becomes the de-facto standard mode of operation for most enterprises, new challenges arise on how to efficiently and economically share data across environments. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Dr. Allon Cohen, VP of Product at Elastifile, will explore new techniques and best practices that help enterprise IT benefit from the advantages of hybrid cloud environments by enabling data availability for both legacy enterprise and cloud-native mission critical applications. By rev...
As popularity of the smart home is growing and continues to go mainstream, technological factors play a greater role. The IoT protocol houses the interoperability battery consumption, security, and configuration of a smart home device, and it can be difficult for companies to choose the right kind for their product. For both DIY and professionally installed smart homes, developers need to consider each of these elements for their product to be successful in the market and current smart homes.
Join IBM November 1 at 21st Cloud Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, and learn how IBM Watson can bring cognitive services and AI to intelligent, unmanned systems. Cognitive analysis impacts today’s systems with unparalleled ability that were previously available only to manned, back-end operations. Thanks to cloud processing, IBM Watson can bring cognitive services and AI to intelligent, unmanned systems. Imagine a robot vacuum that becomes your personal assistant tha...
Companies are harnessing data in ways we once associated with science fiction. Analysts have access to a plethora of visualization and reporting tools, but considering the vast amount of data businesses collect and limitations of CPUs, end users are forced to design their structures and systems with limitations. Until now. As the cloud toolkit to analyze data has evolved, GPUs have stepped in to massively parallel SQL, visualization and machine learning.
In his Opening Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, John Considine, General Manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, will lead you through the exciting evolution of the cloud. He'll look at this major disruption from the perspective of technology, business models, and what this means for enterprises of all sizes. John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that N3N will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. N3N’s solutions increase the effectiveness of operations and control centers, increase the value of IoT investments, and facilitate real-time operational decision making. N3N enables operations teams with a four dimensional digital “big board” that consolidates real-time live video feeds alongside IoT sensor data a...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, will provide a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. Together we will solve a machine learning problem and find an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intellige...
In a recent survey, Sumo Logic surveyed 1,500 customers who employ cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). According to the survey, a quarter of the respondents have already deployed Docker containers and nearly as many (23 percent) are employing the AWS Lambda serverless computing framework. It’s clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. Tha...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Avere delivers a more modern architectural approach to storage that doesn't require the overprovisioning of storage capacity to achieve performance, overspending on expensive storage media for inactive data or the overbui...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.