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AES OFFICE, Nipissing First Nation (December 18, 2017) — On December 14, 2017, Bill C-61, the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement Act, passed through Canada’s Legislative process and is now law. Just two days earlier, representatives from the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body attended the Senate Committee meeting to make submissions on Bill C-61.

“The Kinoomaadziwin Education Body was pleased to present to the Senate and be a part of the legislative process. The deliberations showed promising support which will move us to the next step in supporting the future of our children,” expressed Kelly Crawford, Anishinabek Education System (AES) Education Direction. “The passing of this bill will be life changing for many of our citizens.”

The passage of Bill C-61 gives effect to the largest education self-government agreement in Canada. The Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement is a step out from under the Indian Act for the 23 Anishinabek First Nations toward greater self-determination and improved education outcomes for Anishinabek students.

Through this agreement, the First Nations will create 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 Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement lays the foundation for transformational change in the 23 Participating First Nations throughout Ontario, recognizing Anishinabek control over education on and off reserve from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, as well as administrative control over funding for post-secondary education.

The Kinoomaadziwin Education Body  continues to work towards the official opening of the Anishinabek Education System on  April 1, 2018.  Their work is focused on the system start-up activities in cooperation with the Participating First Nations, as well as Regional Education Councils meetings later this month.

“The passage of this law comes after 20 years of negotiations and a 2-year ratification process. Under this law, Canada recognizes First Nation jurisdiction.  Now we have to take the words off the page and create an education system that supports Anishinabek student success and well-being.  This is an exciting time for the Anishinabek First Nations,” says Tracey O’Donnell.

The Kinoomaadziwin Education Body (KEB) is a not-for-profit corporation that the Anishinabek First Nations approved by Grand Council Resolution in 2010. The KEB has a 12-member Board of Directors that is comprised of representatives from the four Anishinabek Regional Education Councils.

The KEB will support Participating First Nations (PFN) in their delivery of education programs and services. The KEB will liaise with the Province of Ontario on education matters when Anishinabek Education System is operational.

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For more information, contact:

Kelly Crawford
Director of Education
Kinoomaadziwin Education Body
Telephone: 705-929-9384
E-mail: anishinabekeducationsystem@gmail.com


Bill C-61 receives Royal Assent

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE, Nipissing First Nation (December 15, 2017)—On behalf of the Anishinabek Nation, Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee would like to extend congratulations to the 23 Participating First Nations and the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body (KEB) on the Royal Assent of Bill C-61, the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement Act.

“I am elated that Deputy Grand Council Chief Glen Hare, KEB Board members, and technical support staff successfully steered this historic bill through the final stage of Canada’s Legislative process,” said Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. “For so long, having our own education system was a dream, but today, we take a step forward on our journey to building a better education and realizing a better future for our Anishinabek youth.”

Bill C-61 underwent Canada’s Legislative process, having passed both the House of Commons and the Senate in identical form, and most recently, receiving Royal Assent by written declaration in order to make the bill a law. Bill C-61 is now an Act of Parliament and Chapter 32 in the Statutes of Canada 2017.

On December 12, 2017, Bill C-61 was before the Senate for its First and Second Reading. An Anishinabek Nation contingent, that included the Anishinabek Nation Deputy Grand Council Chief Glen Hare; Anishinabek Education System (AES) Education Director Kelly Crawford; and two KEB board members, Lisa Michano and Evelyn Ball, were there to support the question period of the bill. The Senate debated the bill and passed the bill on the Third Reading on December 13, 2017.

The Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement is an important step out from under the Indian Act toward greater self-determination for the Participating First Nations. Under the Agreement, the Participating First Nations will create the AES. The Agreement recognizes Anishinabek law-making powers and authority over education on and off reserve from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, as well as administrative control over funding for post-secondary education.

The next steps are to continue supporting the Participating First Nations in preparation for the target effective date of April 1, 2018, for the AES to be operational.

The Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement is the largest education self-government agreement in Canada, and the first of its kind in Ontario.

The UOI is a political advocate for 40 member communities across Ontario, representing approximately 65,000 people. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact. The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its secretariat in 1949.

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For more information, contact:

Laura Barrios, Assistant ROJ Communications Officer

Anishinabek Nation

Phone : 705-497-9127   ext. 2339

Email : laura.barrios@anishinabek.ca

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