Bill C-61, the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement(ANEA) Act, was introduced in the House of Commons by Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, on October 5, 2017.
The Introduction and First Reading in the House of Commons is the first step to the ANEA Act becoming a law.
It is anticipated that the ANEA Act will be approved this Fall.
In the meantime, Members of Parliament and Senators will need to know that supporting the ANEA Act is an opportunity for reconciliation and an important step in building a true nation-to-nation, government-to-government relationship. Bill C-61 is an opportunity to support an education system designed by the Anishinabek for the benefit of the Anishinabek students today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.
You can help by supporting the ANEA Act through lobbying the Members of Parliament and Senators.
Lobbying is a form of advocacy with the intention to influence the votes of members of a legislative body to procure the passage of a bill. We do it in order to get things changed for the better. Lobbying could include writing letters, meeting or speaking with politicians about laws or programs. Lobbying is an important thing to do because it is crucial if we want to have a say in the decisions that the government makes. However, it is especially important to lobby the Government of Canada now to support Bill C-61, the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement (ANEA) Act.
The draft ANEA with Canada will provide reliable funding to operate the stand-alone Anishinabek Education System (AES), parallel to its provincial counterparts, and to have full control over how to best allocate education funding and the delivery of educational programs and services.
As part of the federal approval process, Bill C-61 was introduced into the House of Commons on October 5, 2017, to pass as federal legislation and recognize the Agreement and give it the force of law.
Who in the Government should you lobby?
Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators are the federal law-makers in the Government of Canada. They can be part of the Liberal party, which is the party that currently forms the government, the New Democratic Party (NDP), the Progressive Conservative (PC) Party, Bloc Québécois, Independent, or Green Party. MPs and Senators are the ones who vote on the ANEA Act and influence legislation.
Who else should you lobby?
While MPs and Senators are the people who will decide on supporting the ANEA legislation in Parliament, there are others who can make changes and influence the MPs and Senators. Third Party Entities play an important part in lobbying. Third Party entities could include schoolboards, post-secondary institutions, teachers, church groups, other organized groups, organizations who have already developed their own education system (i.e., Mi’kmaq), or anyone who can publicly advise their members to send MPs letters of support.
Why is lobbying important?
We need the Federal government to pass Bill C-61 by the target effective date of April 1, 2018, for the AES to open its doors and be operational on April 1, 2018.
How can you help?
You can find information package on the ANEA HERE to learn more and advocate, a template letter to send to the MP or Senator of your choice (preferably local), and a Social Media Support Sign to print out, take a picture, and tag us on Twitter or Facebook or e-mail your photo to us to post online. How can you find us online?
Facebook: Anishinabek Nation
Supporting the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement Act is the right thing to do.
Supporting the ANEA Act demonstrates Canada’s commitment to a new relationship with First Nations.
Join us to affect change to benefit current and future generations of Canadians.