What do you think of the First Nations Education Act?
About the Contest
In order to help inspire action against Canada’s proposed First Nations Education Act, the Kahnawà:ke’s Youth Forum will be hosting a video contest entitled “What do you think of the FNEA?”
The contest is open to Indigenous youth between the ages 15-30. Videos should address thoughts on education & the implications of the proposed First Nations Education Act.
The deadline to submit a video is on FEBRUARY 22, 2014 at 4:00PM.
Videos will be showcased online at www.kahnawakeyouthforum.com & at a teach-in scheduled in March 2014, where community members will have the chance to vote for their favourite videos. The video with the most votes will win a grand prize of $200.
Grand Prize: 200$
Plus, 75$ worth of gift certificates to be drawn
Need Help Making a Video?
You don’t have to be a professional filmmaker to submit a video to our contest. Here are some helpful resources for shooting & editing with an iPhone:
What is the First Nations Education Act (FNEA)?
According to the First Nations Education Council, the draft bill has not met the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate First Nations. It goes against self-determination principles and against our inherent right to govern our own affairs in the area of Education.
Some of the potential risk & impacts of the FNEA on Kahnawake’s Education System:
- Loss of Jurisdictional Control over the Kahnawà:ke Education System
Possible downsizing of Kahnawà:ke Education System including staff, services and the removal of parental authority to govern education via Kahnawake Combined Schools Committee.
- Imposed provincial curriculum and system standards, possible imposition of Quebec’s Bill 101
- Final decision authority in education is awarded to the province and or the federal minister
- Limiting eligibility to students between the ages of 6-21yrs
- No commitments for Nursery and Kindergarten, potential loss of all pre-school programs
- Imposed external curriculum and system standards (Provincial, International Baccalaureate or Minister-approved standards) leaving little to no flexibility to teach culture and language programs
- Provincial system standards will apply to administration, school operations, teacher certification, building operations, student teacher ratios 28 to 1 etc. Staff with only Indigenous education certification and Kanien’kéha language teachers at greatest risk
- Eligibility based on residence (on or off reserve)
- Regulation of student eligibility based on residence imposes a provincial school zoning structure
- Tuition agreements may be developed for off-reserve residents attending on reserve schools; who will pay school tuition is unclear
- Contradictory statements about on-reserve students’ eligibility for public off-reserve education. Who will pay is unclear. Agreements may bypass KEC. Province is final authority
- Creates direct federal inspection
- Government imposition of a school Inspector to conduct annual inspections to ensure schools are in compliance with Canadian law, similar to the ‘Indian Agent’ of the past
- Non-compliance will result in corrective measures (remediation & third-party management)
- Lack of commitment/obligation to support language and cultural instruction in community schools
- Language and cultural instruction relegated as optional activities in schools
- No commitment of financial support for language and culture education
- No commitment to fund students attending off reserve private elementary and secondary schools
- Blatant omission of post-secondary education with no commitment to fund tuition and allowances for; CEGEP, College, University or any post-secondary institution
- Though the Minister of Indian Affairs is the final authority in all critical areas, there is no government liability associated with implementation of this act. All liability is offloaded to Indigenous communities, forcing us to incorporate under Canadian law.
- No neutral or fair appeals process for Indigenous communities – no government accountability
- No commitment to meet the minimum funding requirements
- Funding formulas and regulations will be imposed after the act is passed into law
- No commitment to ensure that funds are based on real fiscal needs and costs. Presently indigenous communities do not receive the same funds as provincial schools for extra-curricular, sports study programs and, most importantly, language and cultural programs.
- Kahnawake Education Center
- e-palisade – Blog created to raise awareness to the bill on First Nations education which the federal government intends to adopt in September 2014
- The First Nations Education Act (FNEA ) – FACT SHEET
- First Nation Education Act Working Group (FNEAWG) web site at http://www.cepn-fnec.com/default_eng.aspx
- Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development at http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1382480394651/1382480470754 Proposal for a Bill on First Nation Education (October 2013)
- Kahnawake’s Position regarding the FNEA
- Preliminary Analysis of the Proposal for a Bill on First Nation Education by ONECA
- Colonialism in the First Nations Education Act
Submit Your Video
The deadline to submit your video is February 22, 2014 at 4:00PM