Education Infrastructure

A Strong Foundation to Build Our Future

Building schools that serve the needs of First Nations students, families and communities is a priority area of advocacy for the Assembly of First Nations. As a result of First Nations leadership and collaborative efforts with the Government of Canada, First Nations now have the opportunity to lead the design of the spaces most compatible with their ways of learning.

Notable changes include increases to minimum square footage requirements to ensure First Nations students have more space than the national average, dedicated space for language and cultural learning, outdoor classrooms, Knowledge Keeper rooms, and services such as counselling or special education support.

Hear from First Nations Education Experts

Assembly of First Nations
Saskatchewan Regional Chief
Bobby Cameron

AFN Portfolio Holder on Education

Chief John Martin
Gesgapegiag First Nation

AFN Chiefs Committee on Education

Tribal Chief Tyrone McNeil
President First Nations Education Steering Committee

Chiefs Committee on Education

The standards for First Nations schools are now more reflective of the unique cultural and educational needs of each community and ensure that these new environments support effective and holistic learning.

The AFN continues to advocate for long-term investments that will enable First Nations to apply these new standards to existing or new schools in their communities through renovations or new school construction. Between 2022 and 2027First Nations require $3.8 billion in capital needs for new school construction, additions, planning and design.

First Nations have worked hard to develop and implement the standards to build schools that last. It’s time now to continue the momentum and invest in the healing path forward for First Nations education.

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