First Nations Education Act

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CBC News. “First Nations to get more control over education, Ottawa says.” CBC News Canada. Web. 1 April 2014. 

The Canadian government has attempted to back pedal in recent years in response to the destruction that the Indian Act left on Canadian First Nations. Specifically, the apologies and financial compensation from the Canadian government reflect the attempt to correct the negative impact that the residential school system had on First Nations culture, language, history and traditions. In February of this year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a second attempt at tabling proposed changes to the First Nations Education Act. The proposed legislation gives First Nations control over their education system and “enables the incorporation of language and culture programming in the curriculum.”

This legislation was met with mixed reviews and feelings amongst First Nations peoples. Blood Tribe Chief Charles Weaselhead stated that “We agreed to host this national announcement, but in no way endorse the proposed legislation in its present form.” On the other hand, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo stated “Today is a victory for First Nations leaders and citizens who have for decades, indeed since the first generation of residential school survivors, called for First Nations control of First Nations education.” Prime Minister Harper hopes to have the tabled legislation approved and in effect at the beginning of the next school year. 

 

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