Raised Voices:Carriers of Hope

Youth Leaders in First Nations Education Policy

The Raised Voices: Carriers of Hope Youth Policy Forum on First Nations Education brought together 36 First Nations youth from nations across Canada between the ages of 13 and 18 to discuss their first-hand experiences and challenges in education. These young leaders developed five Calls to Action aimed at driving change to support First Nations student success.



We call upon all levels of government to increase funding for education to have a male, female and/or a Two-Spirit Elders to have a significant role in schools; as counsellors or teaching traditional ways, which will support the mental, spiritual, physical and emotional wellbeing of First Nations youth in every school in Canada.

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We appreciate the significant investment in land and cultural programming announced by the Assembly of First Nations and the Government of Canada. This commitment matters to First Nations youth because culture and being on the land keeps our traditions alive while connecting us to ourselves, families, nations and ancestors. However, we call for the expansion of this current funding to all First Nations students, including the North, and those living off reserve. This becomes another resource to support their wellbeing and success.

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We call for increased funding for Early Childhood Development (ECD), increased daycare options, and lowering the age requirement for First Nations children to access ECD programs. This will ensure there will be a safe and secure space for our children and sustain young First Nations parents’ education.

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We call for equitably funded Kindergarten to grade 12 schools with a sufficient amount of resources, supports, and culturally aware faculty for First Nations students in every Nation across the country.

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We call on the Assembly of First Nations, Federal Government, and national organizations to encourage the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada to influence and advocate for the inclusion of our shared history and First Nations knowledge into curricula.

Read How-to-Guide #5

Working Groups

The NIEC has also formed sub-committees called working groups to focus on editing specific First Nations education policies:

Education Partnership Program

The NIEC working group is recommending changes to the current Education Partnerships Program to reflect the policy proposal on transforming First Nations elementary and secondary education to advance First Nations student achievement in First Nations provincial and territorial schools

Education Infrastructure

The NIEC working group co-develops and works collaboratively to identify and address opportunities to modernize Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) education infrastructure policies and priorities that would align with First Nations Education Transformation, the unique needs of First Nations students, and take regional differences into consideration.

Post-Secondary Education (PSE)

The NIEC PSE working group is working on implementing the First Nations post-secondary education policy proposal and all associated work related to that and First Nations Control of First Nations Education.

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