Click here to close now.

SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, William Schmarzo, Elizabeth White, tru welu

News Feed Item

Saskatchewan First Nations and Tribal Councils Are Supportive of the Proposed First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act

MEADOW LAKE, SASKATCHEWAN -- (Marketwired) -- 05/27/14 -- After careful consideration, Meadow Lake Tribal Council and the Battleford Tribal Chiefs believe that the proposed First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, Bill - C33 should be reintroduced in the House of Commons.

Tribal Chief Eric Sylvestre stated, "It is time to address the chronic underfunding of education on-reserve and that funding for our education programs should be supported by a statutory authority. Our communities cannot continue with project based funding and annual increases for education that are substantively less than annual provincial funding to school divisions."

Further, Chief Robert Merasty, Flying Dust First Nation added, "As leaders it is our responsibility to have a complete understanding of legislation being proposed to our First Nations and make decisions based on the best interests of our people. I believe the new education legislation presents an opportunity for our First Nations to sit down with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and entrench an agreement that will benefit our communities and control the education of our future leaders with the resources for which we have fought."

Chief Lori Whitecalf, Sweetgrass First Nation, and Chair of the Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs, expressed concern about the focus on politics and rhetoric and the loss of attention on the interests of our children and our communities. She highlighted that, "It is time that we get Bill - C33 back on track and roll up our sleeves and get to work on developing a regulatory framework together, a framework that Minister Valcourt committed to develop collaboratively."

Chief Lance Byhette, Buffalo River, recognizes the need to move forward with the proposed First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act. Chief Byhette said, "There is a need to have the proposed legislation reintroduced and a willingness to assess areas that the legislation can be improved upon through constructive dialogue and not political posturing and rhetoric."

The First Nation and tribal leaders want to see the legislation reintroduced in the House of Commons and hope other First Nation leaders reconsider their positions. As leaders we acknowledge the efforts of Minister Valcourt to correct the historic funding imbalance and his desire to establish a new statutory funding authority. It is recognized that the Minister has agreed to collaboratively develop a regulatory framework and is open to addressing appropriate amendments to the proposed legislation that would add clarity and address concerns.

With regard to potential amendments to the proposed legislation there is need of clarification regarding the compatibility of bylaws with aggregate First Nation education authorities. Also of importance is the need to ensure that the collaborative development of the regulatory framework be independently facilitated.

The regulatory framework would establish the fiscal requirements and not be arbitrarily restricted to a pre-determined budget allocation. In addition, the panel of experts will require an independent professional support capacity to ensure that they can fulfill their obligations to First Nations and not be dependent on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

This proposed legislation affords an opportunity to enhance the educational opportunities for First Nations children.

Contacts:
Eric Sylvestre
Tribal Chief, Meadow Lake Tribal Council
[email protected]

Robert Merasty
Chief, Flying Dust First Nation
[email protected]

Lori Whitecalf
Chief, Sweetgrass First Nation
[email protected]

Lance Byhette
Chief Buffalo River Dene Nation
[email protected]

For background information only, please contact:
Ken Okanee
Director of Education, Meadow Lake Tribal Council
[email protected]

Neil Sasakamoose
Executive Director, Battlefords Agency Tribal Council
[email protected]

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that BMC will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. BMC delivers software solutions that help IT transform digital enterprises for the ultimate competitive business advantage. BMC has worked with thousands of leading companies to create and deliver powerful IT management services. From mainframe to cloud to mobile, BMC pairs high-speed digital innovation with robust...
Imagine a world where targeting, attribution, and analytics are just as intrinsic to the physical world as they currently are to display advertising. Advances in technologies and changes in consumer behavior have opened the door to a whole new category of personalized marketing experience based on direct interactions with products. The products themselves now have a voice. What will they say? Who will control it? And what does it take for brands to win in this new world? In his session at @Thi...
Amazon, Google and Facebook are household names in part because of their mastery of Big Data. But what about organizations without billions of dollars to spend on Big Data tools - how can they extract value from their data? In his session at 6th Big Data Expo®, Ali Ghodsi, Co-Founder and Head of Engineering at Databricks, discussed how the zero management cost and scalability of the cloud is addressing the challenges and pain points that data engineers face when working with Big Data. He also s...
The 4th International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 17th International Cloud Expo - to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - announces that its Call for Papers is open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Software development, like manufacturing, is a craft that requires the application of creative approaches to solve problems given a wide range of constraints. However, while engineering design may be craftwork, the production of most designed objects relies on a standardized and automated manufacturing process. By contrast, much of moving an application from prototype to production and, indeed, maintaining the application through its lifecycle has often remained craftwork. In his session at Dev...
The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session a...
SYS-CON Events announced today that EnterpriseDB (EDB), the leading worldwide provider of enterprise-class Postgres products and database compatibility solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. EDB is the largest provider of Postgres software and services that provides enterprise-class performance and scalability and the open source freedom to divert budget from more costly traditiona...
An entirely new security model is needed for the Internet of Things, or is it? Can we save some old and tested controls for this new and different environment? In his session at @ThingsExpo, New York's at the Javits Center, Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, reviewed hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveal a new risk balance you might not expect. Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than nineteen years' experience managing global security operations and asse...
The multi-trillion economic opportunity around the "Internet of Things" (IoT) is emerging as the hottest topic for investors in 2015. As we connect the physical world with information technology, data from actions, processes and the environment can increase sales, improve efficiencies, automate daily activities and minimize risk. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ed Maguire, Senior Analyst at CLSA Americas, will describe what is new and different about IoT, explore financial, technological and re...
Andi Mann has been serving as Conference Chair of the DevOps Summit since its inception. He is one of the world's recognized leaders in DevOps, and continues to be one of its most articulate advocates. Here are some recent thoughts of his in an interview we conducted in the run-up to the DevOps Summit to be held June 9-11 at the Javits Center in New York City. When did you first start thinking about DevOps and its potential impact on enterprise IT? Andi: I first started thinking about DevOps b...
We are all here because we are sold on the transformative promise of The Cloud. But what good is all of this ephemeral, on-demand infrastructure if your usage doesn't actually improve the agility and speed of your business? How must Operations adapt in order to avoid stifling your Cloud initiative? In his session at DevOps Summit, Damon Edwards, co-founder and managing partner of the DTO Solutions, will highlight the successful organizational, process, and tooling patterns of high-performing c...
While great strides have been made relative to the video aspects of remote collaboration, audio technology has basically stagnated. Typically all audio is mixed to a single monaural stream and emanates from a single point, such as a speakerphone or a speaker associated with a video monitor. This leads to confusion and lack of understanding among participants especially regarding who is actually speaking. Spatial teleconferencing introduces the concept of acoustic spatial separation between confe...
The 5th International DevOps Summit, co-located with 17th International Cloud Expo – being held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the...
The web app is Agile. The REST API is Agile. The testing and planning are Agile. But alas, Data infrastructures certainly are not. Once an application matures, changing the shape or indexing scheme of data often forces at best a top down planning exercise and at worst includes schema changes which force downtime. The time has come for a new approach that fundamentally advances the agility of distributed data infrastructures. Come learn about a new solution to the problems faced by software orga...
The OpenStack cloud operating system includes Trove, a database abstraction layer. Rather than applications connecting directly to a specific type of database, they connect to Trove, which in turn connects to one or more specific databases. One target database is Postgres Plus Cloud Database, which includes its own RESTful API. Trove was originally developed around MySQL, whose interfaces are significantly less complicated than those of the Postgres cloud database. In his session at 16th Cloud...