Research Reports and Updates

on July 31, 2013







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Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)

on January 17, 2013

AUCC launched a new online directory of programs and services for Aboriginal students. This searchable database demonstrates the robust variety of programs and services specifically designed to help Aboriginal students access and succeed at Canadian universities.

The launch of this new tool reflects university leadership in increasing access to and attainment of higher education in Canada. Aboriginal youth is the fastest-growing segment of the Canadian population, yet only eight percent of Aboriginals between the ages of 24 and 64 have a university degree. This compares to 23 percent of non-Aboriginals. Closing that education gap is a priority for Canada’s universities.

Through this new resource and other measures, universities are working with Aboriginal communities and their leaders to raise awareness among Aboriginal youth about the opportunities and possibilities that postsecondary education offers. Many universities also have successful outreach programs in Aboriginal communities, providing support and mentoring to encourage young students to stay in school and consider postsecondary education studies opportunities as early as at the elementary school. And an increasing number of universities include Aboriginal voices and perspectives in their governance structures.

To increase university accessibility and attainment for Aboriginal students, AUCC’s 2013 pre-budget submission to James Flaherty, Minister of Finance, calls for increased postsecondary scholarships for Aboriginal students with funding to be matched by the private sector.

I invite you to browse this new online directory at and share it with others, along with this accompanying report.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about this new directory, please contact Aisha Dioury, government relations officer, at or at (613) 563-3961, extension 293

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on January 14, 2013
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Letter to the Honourable John Duncan, M.P.

on December 11, 2012

November 28, 2012

Honourable John Duncan, P.C., M.P.
Minister, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Duncan:

As the Chair of the AFN Chiefs Committee on Education (CCOE) and the AFN Portfolio holder for Education, I am communicating our position on key issues in First Nations education listed below. It has been 40 years since the release of Indian Control of Indian Education (ICIE, 1972).  Since then hundreds of reports have been released outlining issues and recommendations in First Nations education without any substantive changes to how our children our educated.  The reforms that are required must meet First Nations needs rather than only the interests of the federal government.

The current legislative framework does not provide the funding guarantees First Nations require in education, and there have been no assurances that new legislation will address the historic gaps, and the urgent and long-term funding needs of First Nations schools and education systems. A change in the law is not required for the federal government to provide sustainable and equitable funding for our children, schools, and systems.  Media releases, rather than joint dialogue, distort the facts on funding and serve to delay dealing with the critical needs which exist.

Although there has been a long and difficult journey behind us that we all know too well – the road forward does not need to be the same.

Numerous reports by the Auditor General of Canada recommend that the Department work with First Nations to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy and action plan, with targets, to close the education gap, and to report progress back to Parliament and to First Nations on a timely basis.

Our belief is that we can establish a respectful and equitable working relationship between our parties to address our mutual priorities and work constructively through the areas of disagreement to implement the recommendations of the Auditor General.

We are prepared to roll up our sleeves to address these matters.   The National Chief has often been quoted as saying that the status quo is unacceptable and that the process of change must begin immediately.

We await your response and commitment to make changes that we can all embrace that will ensure a positive outcome and vision for our children.

We look forward to engaging in this challenging work through constructive dialogue as soon as possible.


Regional Chief Morley Googoo,
Chair, AFN Chiefs Committee on Education and
AFN Portfolio for Education


AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo
First Nations Chiefs

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National Indian Education Council

on December 10, 2012

Melanie Bennett
101 Alusru Way
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 0C3
H: 867-633-3414 C: 867-334-6181

Alt. David Doyle
Address Needed

Debbie Jeffrey
Suite 113-100 Park Royal Vancouver, BC V7T 1A2
604 925 6087
604 925 6097 f
EA: Trina Sxwithul’txw

Patricia I.
Maskwachees Cultural College
P.O. Box 960
Hobbema, AB T20C 1N0
780 585 3925
1 866 585 3925
780 361 7584 c
780 585 2080

Richard Fox
Kainai Board of Education
PO Box 240
Standoff AB T0L 1Y0
403 737 3966
403 737 2361
CC: Charlene Grosvengrevos

Dale Awasis
Treaty 8
18178 102 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5S 2S7
EA: Justine Supernault

Gerry Hurton
Alt. Mary Callele
Suite 100-103A Packham Ave.
Saskatoon, SK S7N 4K4
306 381 7077 C
306-956-6934 EA
EA: Rhonda Bluehorn

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
200 – 260 St. Mary Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0M6
204 956 0610
204 987 4114 d
204 956 2109
EA: Melanie Everette

Julia Candlish
Chiefs of Ontario
111 Peter Street, Suite 804
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2H1
TF: 877 517 6527

Raymond Sioui
Alt. Nancy Doddridge
First Nations Education Council
95, rue de l’Ours
Wendake (Québec) G0A 4V0
418 842 7672

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AFN Indigenous Languages Update – Oct. 25, 2012

on October 29, 2012

OCTOBER 25, 2012

Statistics Canada released the 2011 Census of Population on October 24, 2012, and recorded over 60 Aboriginal languages grouped into 12 distinct and diverse language families in Canada.

Despite strong support for bilingualism in English and French, Canada is characterized as a country where Indigenous languages are dying.

The traumatic impacts of the residential school system on First Nations languages, cultures, and traditions have led to the ongoing decline and, in many cases, loss of Indigenous languages in Canada.

Today, First Nations schools and communities become the critical vehicles for language revitalization.

An AFN survey shows that in 2011, 88% of First Nation schools were able to provide some exposure to Indigenous language programming. However, it is when First Nation children and youth have access to full language immersion schools, similar to what is available for the French and English language in Canada, where true language revitalization will occur.

Despite the lack of funding for First Nation schools to provide such funding, 58 First Nation schools across Canada are finding a way to provide Indigenous language immersion programming to their children.

The 2011 Census results tell us that despite a decline in Indigenous language speakers across Canada, there are communities and regions where First Nation languages are seeing some revitalization.

It was especially encouraging to see that in 2011 more than 31,500 First Nation children (aged 5-14) reported they were speaking their First Nation language at home – a growth of 19%, or approximately 6,000 more children since 2006.

Greater support for First Nations language immersion, both in formal school settings and in community-based settings, would be an appropriate way to build a new way forward following the apology for residential schools in 2008.

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Partnerships for literacy

on June 29, 2012

“The AFN Education Sector promotes efforts and builds partnerships to increase opportunities for literacy for First Nations community members. With this goal in mind, the AFN Education Sector supports the objectives of the National Aboriginal Public Libraries Organization (NAPLO) and encourages First Nations communities to use Our Way Forward and Speak Up to assist in creating and sustaining their own public libraries. The AFN Education Sector also supports the need to advocate for federal funding that is dedicated specifically for ongoing operations of First Nation public libraries. To assist in achieving this goal the Education sector has drafted a letter to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada to advocate for funding for on-reserve libraries for not only the Ontario region but for all other regions and treaty areas as well.

Please click on the following links for additional information and resources that may be used to initiate establishment of your community library:”

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National Panel

on June 29, 2012

Assembly of First Nations
Summary of the Report of the National Panel on First Nation Elementary and Secondary Education for Students On-reserve
“Nurturing the Learning Spirit of First Nation Students”

Assembly of First Nations
Summary of the National Panel on First Nation Elementary and Secondary Education for Students On-reserve
“Nurturing the Learning Spirit of First Nation Students”
National Webcast
February 15, 2012

Final Report of the AFN Special Rapporteur on the National Panel Engagement Process

Announcement on a National Panel of Experts on K-12

Questions and Answers on the National Panel of Experts on K-12

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Assembly of First Nations