Backgrounder – Mandate of The National Panel

The National Panel, appointed by the Minister in collaboration with the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, is mandated to lead an engagement process on elementary/secondary education for First Nation students who live on reserve.

This important step builds on the Government of Canada’s commitment made in Budget 2010, to work with First Nations along with other partners to strengthen and improve First Nation education. Options will be developed to make concrete and positive changes for First Nation students, including the possibility of new legislation to improve the governance framework and clarify accountability for First Nation elementary and secondary education.

The National Panel is made up of respected and qualified individuals, each of whom brings an informed perspective to the discussions. Panelists have been appointed based on their knowledge of education issues, demonstrated interest in Aboriginal issues, innovative approaches and their ability to be objective and solutions-oriented.

The National Panel will lead one national and eight regional roundtable sessions across the country with selected stakeholders. The Panel will also offer a range of opportunities for interested parties to contribute to the discussion, such as a dedicated website through which individuals and organizations will have the opportunity to participate in an online engagement process.

The National Panel will submit two reports; a progress report mid-way through the engagement process and a final report with recommendations by the end of the 2011 calendar year. These reports are to be presented to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and to the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

For more information on the National Panel and engagement process visit:

June 2011

rdbrinkhurstBackgrounder – Mandate of The National Panel