AMC Grand Chief Nepinak discusses First Nation education battle

There’s a new twist on the fate of the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act.

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There’s a new twist on the fate of the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act.

A hearing scheduled this week for a Federal Court judicial review of the Act launched by the Assembly of First Nations in Quebec and Labrador was postponed following the surfacing of a document signed by the former national chief of the AFN Shawn Atleo.

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak discusses the issue with APTN.

2 thoughts on “AMC Grand Chief Nepinak discusses First Nation education battle

  1. That was well said. His idea about being more regional would be more likely to produce results in a community by community basis. It would support the notion of one anishinaabe, one vote for the National Cheif and possibly work towards making a political party to move into the parliamental arena(NADP-New Anishinaabe Democratic Party).His stance to stay strong and hold the gov’nt to their responsibilities is a good and wise move.
    It is high time that the anishinaabe people room their own destiny into their own hands and the Canadian government abolished INAC. It is after all a bloated agency that has stood in the way of self governance for a long time. It is filled with people not sympathetic to our goals as anishinaabe people and creates a vacuum on the funds that should be goin towards community issues such as housing to name one issue. We also need to stop our needless spending on bloated salaries and start makin leaps and bounds in the way starting our own economic strategies and such.
    Aho-miigwech

  2. If I want my child to have some sort of special education in a particular field, I find someplace that teaches it and enrol him. The public education system is for very general education, so that each student is adhering to some standard. If FN people want their children to be educated in traditional practices, then get together and organize a group for teaching that. Such as particular languages and traditional knowledge. That has no place in the public school system. FN students need to be taught just like the rest of the children so that there is a minimum standard of education that employers and post secondary institutions can rely on. This business of wanting FN children to have all this specialized education through the public schools is ridiculous. It would be like me wanting my local school to teach my child only things that are relevant to his heritage, which is Nordic. Silliest thing I have heard in a long time. Public education is public education. If you want special education in FN language and traditions, then set it up yourself. Do not deprive your children of an ordinary education that will make them employable and educable in the world at large, which is the one they live in.

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