This five-year agreement replaces the BC Tripartite Education Framework Agreement (TEFA), originally signed in 2012, and is the result of a broad process of interaction between FNESC, Canada and B.C. It will benefit all First Nations students in B.C and 200 First Nations and will help students attending one of the 131 First Nations schools or attending independent public or independent schools in B.C. “The BC Tripartite Education Agreement means that more than B.C. First Nations students receive quality and culturally appropriate training. It was developed in partnership and will help to give proud First Nations youth a vital sense of a secure personal cultural identity. This agreement will also open up new opportunities by giving students the skills they need to thrive in today`s environment, including technological skills, and by preparing them for higher learning and future employment. The agreement will result in significant systemic changes in the B.C. Education, including: “Together, we are committed to a better future for more than 12,000 First Nations students. This tripartite education agreement includes new investments in language and culture, better supports the needs of students attending school in La Réserve or provincial schools, and shows what can be achieved through a strong partnership. I recommend that the First Nations Education Steering Committee play a leading role in recent decades and make this agreement a reality. If you have any questions about your specific allocation, please contact your funding manager.
“This investment will give First Nations students equal access and opportunity to participate in the school community, including after-school and extracurricular activities. We will continue to work together to ensure that First Nations children and youth have access to quality and culturally appropriate education, while respecting the principle of First Nations control over First Nations education. You can subscribe to our press releases and RSS speeches. For more information or registrations, see www.isc.gc.ca/RSS. Today`s announcement reflects the parties` commitment to working together to address gaps between First Nations and non-national students. It recognizes that First Nations people have the right to make education decisions that affect their students and to control their own educational institutions, in accordance with their unique needs, experiences, beliefs and values.