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Chiefs Committee on Education

on September 23, 2013

Chair
Regional Chief
Morley Googoo
P.O. Box 219
Waycobah, Nova Scotia
B0E 3M0
902.756.2213
902.565.2422 c
902.809.6092 c
902.756.3392
E-mail: mgoogoo@afn.ca
EA: Cheryl Simon
Cherylannsimon@gmail.com
NWT
Regional Chief
Bill Erasmus
Dene Nation
5125-50th Street, 1st Floor
P.O. Box 2338 Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P2
867-873-4081
867-920-2254
Email: berasmus@afn.ca

EA: Sonny ‘Barrett’ Lenoir
Email: blenoir@denenation.com

NWT
Education Rep.
Alternate
Berna Landry
Dene Nation
5125-50th Street, 1st Floor
P.O. Box 2338 Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P2
867-873-4081
613-859-5063 c
867-920-2254
berasmus@afn.ca
EA: Sonny ‘Barrett’ Lenoir
blenoir@denenation.com
AA: Alice Lisk
alisk@denenation.com

YK
Regional Chief
Mike Smith
2166 – 2nd Avenue
Whitehorse, YK Y1A 4P1
867-393-9207
867-333-9209 c
867-668-6577
E-mail: afnregionalchief@cyfn.net

YK
Alternate
TBD

BC
TRIBAL CHIEF
Tyrone McNeil
Stó:lo Tribal Council
PO Box 440, 27773 Chowat Road
Agassiz, BC V0M 1A0
604 796 0627
ext 235
604-798-1509 c
604-796-0643
E1: tye@stolotribalcouncil.com
E2: tyrone@fnesc.ca

AB
Chief
Rose Laboucan (T8)
Driftpile First Nation
PO Box 148
Brownvale, AB T0H 0L0
780-355-3868
780-355-3650
Email: dfnchief@telus.net

AB
Chief
Gayle Strikes With a Gun (T7)
Piikani First Nation
PO Box 70
Brocket, AB T0K 0H0
403-281-9779
403-965-2030
Email: gswag@piikanination.com

AB 
Chief
Cameron Alexis (T6)
Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation
PO Box 7
Glenevis, AB   T0E 0X0
780-967-2225
780-967-5484
Email: cam.alexis@alexisnakotasioux.com or calexis@treatysix.org

SK
Interim Executive Director
Mary Callele
306-667-2685
mary.callele@fsin.com
Alt. Gerry Hurton
gerry.hurton@fsin.com
306-667-2682
FSIN
Suite 100-103A Packham Ave.Saskatoon, SK S7N 4K4
AA: Rhonda Bluehorn
Rhonda.Bluehorn@fsin.com

MB
Chief
(Alternate)
Michael Yellowback
Manto Sipi First Nation
General Delivery
God’s River, MB R0B 0N0
204-366-2011
204-366-2282
TBC

MB
Education Rep.
(Alternate)
Katherine Whitecloud
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Suite 200-275 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 2B3
204-987-4115
204-768-3036
MB Chiefs EA: Melanie Everette meverette@manitobachiefs.com
kpaul@hotmail.com
gmclean@hotmail.com
** info to be faxed as well
kwhitecloud@manitobachiefs.com

ON
Grand Chief
Gord Peters
Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians
387 Princess Avenue
London, Ontario
N6B 2A7
519-434-2761
519-675-1053
gpeters@aiai.on.ca

ON 
Deputy Grand Chief
(Alternate)
Goyce Kakegamic
Nishnawbe Aski Nation
100 Back Street
Unit 200
Thunder Bay, ON
P7J 1L2
807.625.4942
807.623.8228
807-623-7730
dgckakegamic@nan.on.ca

QC
Chief
Gilbert Whiteduck
P.O. Box 309
1 Paganakomin Mikan
Maniwaki, QC J9E 3C9
819 449-5170
819 449-5673
E1: gwhiteduck@hotmail.com
Darlene Twenish ext.2229

NB/PEI
Chief
George Ginnish
Eel Ground First Nation
40 Mic Mac Road
Eel Ground, NB E1V 4E6
506 627 4600 ext. 9
506 627 4602
chiefgeorge@bell.blackberry.net
EA: Kim Muzerall
eelgroundfirstnation@nb.aibn.com

NS/NF
CHIEF
Leroy Denny
Eskasoni First Nation,
RR#2, East Bay
Eskasoni, NS B0A 1H0
902-379-2800
902-751-0383 EA
902-379-2172
leroy@ecry.ca
EA: Alaina Jebdore

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Research Reports and Updates

on July 31, 2013

FUNDING

JURISDICTION, GOVERNANCE and SYSTEMS

LANGUAGE and CULTURE

RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES

 


 

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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 www.aucc.ca/Aboriginal-directory 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 adioury@aucc.ca or at (613) 563-3961, extension 293

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Factsheets

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.

Sincerely,

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

cc.

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

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rdbrinkhurstLetter to the Honourable John Duncan, M.P.

National Indian Education Council

on December 10, 2012

YK
Ms
Melanie Bennett
101 Alusru Way
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 0C3
H: 867-633-3414 C: 867-334-6181
Melanie.bennett@yesnet.yk.ca

Mr.
Alt. David Doyle
Address Needed
867-335-7003
davyd@northwestel.net

BC
Ms.
Debbie Jeffrey
FNESC
Suite 113-100 Park Royal Vancouver, BC V7T 1A2
604 925 6087
604 925 6097 f
djeffrey@fnesc.ca
EA: Trina Sxwithul’txw
trinas@fnesc.ca

AB-T6 
Ms.
Patricia I.
Goodwill-Littlechild
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
pgoodwill-littlechild@mccedu.ca

AB-T7
Mr.
Richard Fox
Kainai Board of Education
PO Box 240
Standoff AB T0L 1Y0
403 737 3966
403 737 2361
kberfox@telus.net
CC: Charlene Grosvengrevos
kbemaria@telusplanet.net

AB-T8
Mr.
Dale Awasis
Treaty 8
18178 102 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5S 2S7
780-444-9366
780-484-1465
dawasis@treaty8.org
EA: Justine Supernault
jsupernault@treaty8.org

SK
Mr.
Gerry Hurton
Alt. Mary Callele
FSIN
Suite 100-103A Packham Ave.
Saskatoon, SK S7N 4K4
306-956-6906
306 381 7077 C
306-956-6934 EA
306.244.4413
306.956.6918
gerry.hurton@fsin.com
EA: Rhonda Bluehorn
Rhonda.Bluehorn@fsin.com
mary.callele@fsin.com

MB
Ms.
VACANT
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
meverette@manitobachiefs.com

ON
Ms.
Julia Candlish
Chiefs of Ontario
111 Peter Street, Suite 804
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2H1
416-597-1266
TF: 877 517 6527
Julia@coo.org

QC
Mr.
Ms.
Raymond Sioui
Alt. Nancy Doddridge
First Nations Education Council
95, rue de l’Ours
Wendake (Québec) G0A 4V0
418 842 7672
rsioui@cepn-fnec.com

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AFN Indigenous Languages Update – Oct. 25, 2012

on October 29, 2012

AFN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES UPDATE
STATISTICS CANADA – ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN CANADA, 2011
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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