August 22, 2017 – NICKEL BELT/GREATER SUDBURY
Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt, releases a statement following the historic Education Self-Government Agreement signed by 23 Anishinabek Nation First Nations and the Government of Canada.
MP Serré shares: “I would like to congratulate the 23 Anishinabek Nation First Nations, including the Wahnapitae First Nation in Nickel Belt that I have the honour of representing in the House of Commons, for signing an historic Education Self-Government Agreement with the Government of Canada that formally establishes and recognizes Anishinabek control over primary education in 23 Anishinabek First Nations in Ontario.
In the spirit of reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians and enabling greater self-determination that this government has committed to, the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement enables 23 Anishinabek First Nations throughout Ontario to control educational curricula from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, and in doing so, will allow them to create a unique educational system that promotes Anishinaabe culture and language as the educational backbone for future generations Anishinabek students. This will improve educational outcomes in the immediate and long-term, and most importantly, teaches Anishinabek youth to be proud of their culture and history, and to become leaders in their communities.
As a member of the largest Indigenous Caucus in the history of Parliament, I would like to also commend the federal government for its dedication to reaching this historic agreement with the 23 Anishinabek First Nations of Ontario. I am hopeful that this agreement signifies that the federal government will continue to engage in a spirit of reconciliation and reach similar Educational Agreements with First Nations across Canada, and will honour its commitment to a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition, rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.”
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Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt