A historic signing between Canada and Nishnawbe Aski Nation giving First Nations more control over their education.
Minister of Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett noted this will help First Nations create culturally relevant programs, delivered in their own languages.
“Some of you will want to group up to be teachers, and principals, and being able to fashion an education system that is very different than residential schools.”
The minister added the deal will lead to greater First Nations self government.
“That will restore your control and law making authority over education, right from junior kindergarten to Grade 12.”
The Minister adds First Nation children will benefit when grounded further into their own culture.
She also stressed the importance of the deal.
“I think at these times it’s important to say the colonial one size fits all never worked… we are still seeing the devastating effects of the residential school system.”
The minister hopes more First Nation youth will become teachers of their culture through this deal.