Re:  Tripartite Education Framework Agreement Implementation Information for First Nations Schools and Communities, including Chief and Council, Education Coordinators and Principals 

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In this issue…

Introducing the eBulletin
TEFA’s Key Features
Key dates
Did you know…
Contacts and Support

Introducing the eBulletin

Over the summer and continuing into the fall, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) will be sending out information about Tripartite Education Framework Agreement (TEFA) implementation.

To support First Nations communities and schools with TEFA interpretation and implementation, the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) are launching the TEFA eBulletin.

We hope that the eBulletin will be a useful resource for sharing information, reporting updates and other supports.  Back issues will be available at this link.  All interested First Nations school and community members can subscribe.

Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated.

Background to TEFA

In December 2010, AANDC announced that First Nations across Canada would need to choose a new funding option for First Nations K-12 on-reserve school funding.  In addition, AANDC indicated that the interim Band Operated Funding Formula (iBOFF) was unsustainable, and would no longer be an option for communities.

The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) began talks with AANDC to develop a new and better funding option.  In this work, FNESC was guided by input from First Nations leaders, First Nations community members, and the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA).  FNESC’s goals were to achieve the stable, adequate funding that our First Nations schools needed and also to continue to develop our BC First Nations education system, including its important features that support effective instruction, second level services, and accountability.

As a result of those talks, the Tripartite Education Framework Agreement was reached by FNESC, Canada and BC and the agreement was signed on January 27, 2012.  AANDC and FNESC hosted seven regional TEFA information sessions in January and February and allocation packages were shared with each community.  Read the Backgrounder and TEFA document.

AANDC is implementing TEFA beginning in September 2012.  To support schools and communities with TEFA implementation and interpretation, FNESC and the FNSA will be issuing TEFA eBulletins and sharing information at upcoming events, including the fall Regional Sessions community meetings.

TEFA’s Features

  • TEFA significantly narrows the funding gap between First Nations schools and public schools. Now, First Nations school funding will for the most part follow the public school formula (also known as the BC Operating Grants Manual) and the formula will be regularly updated.
  • TEFA provides $15 million dollars annually in additional support for First Nations schools and second level services
  • TEFA formalizes the education partnerships of the Canada, BC and FNESC and recognizes the BC First Nations education system
  • FNESC is still negotiating some aspects of TEFA, such as improved funding for language, culture, transportation, technology, etc.
  • Under TEFA, First Nations in BC will have less reporting to AANDC than First Nations elsewhere in Canada
  • TEFA commits to the development of BC-specific First Nations education policies and guidelines

Key Dates

1. On June 15, 2012,  AANDC sent each First Nations community information about their education funding allocation for the 2012-2013 school year (September 2012 to June 2013), by email and fax.

  • Check that this information was received
  • If you have questions, contact your AANDC Funding Services Officer (FSO) to request a copy of the letter/package.

2. Block funded First Nations have received a full year of funding and any adjustments will be made in February 2013.

3. In July 2012, non-block funded First Nations will receive an Amendment Agreement from AANDC.  The funding referenced is for the period of September 2012 to March 2013.

  • Sign and return – if you missed AANDC’s July 10 deadline, you can still sign and submit it, but your funding will not be released until the next monthly AANDC payment cycle
  • If it wasn’t received or if you have questions, contact your AANDC FSO

4. More details about Funding Protection will be sent to communities in the fall.

Did you know…

  • Under TEFA, funding is more enrolment sensitive (except for those in multi-year funding agreements).  Schools need to be sensitive to their community’s population trends and school enrolment projections, because this will help them anticipate their budget for future years.
  • No education funding is being cut this year as a result of TEFA, subject to enrolment.  For those First Nations whose allocations would be less under the TEFA formula, AANDC has committed to protecting all current K-12 allocations for three years, or for five years at a graduated rate, subject to enrolment.  In the fall, AANDC will send information about funding protection to those First Nations that need it.

Contacts and Support

Who can I contact at AANDC?
AANDC can help with details of funding allocations, funding documents, and general TEFA questions.
Tanya Duncan, A/Manager, Education  (A TEFA-specific AANDC email will soon be available – watch the eBulletins for news) or Funding Service Officers 1-800-665-9320

Who can I contact at FNESC?
FNESC can help with policy interpretation, general questions about TEFA, and related supports.
Jan Haugen  Toll-free: 1-877-422-3672


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(updated July 11, 2012)