Re: Tripartite Education Framework Agreement Implementation Information for First Nations Schools and Communities, including Chief and Council, Education Coordinators and Principals
In this issue…
As you are likely aware, in January 2012 the BC First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) signed the Tripartite Education Framework Agreement (TEFA). The intention of that agreement is to facilitate more comparable, secure and sustained funding for First Nations education programming in the BC Region. The TEFA also reaffirms agreements previously reached by FNESC and the federal government related to reduced reporting for First Nations schools in BC.
Two memos have been sent to schools and communities by FNESC/FNSA TEFA Negotiators to share some new developments:
For First Nations:
For First Nations Schools:
We encourage you to read the memos in full. Here are some highlights…
- FNESC is entering the dispute resolution process with the federal government regarding completion of the nominal roll for students attending First Nations schools in BC. Based upon TEFA commitments, FNESC has strongly asserted that First Nations schools should only be required to complete fields that were included on the 2011/12 nominal roll.
- During the dispute resolution process, FNESC is recommending that First Nations should not complete the nominal roll for students enrolled in First Nations schools until we send out further information following the completion of the dispute resolution process.
- TEFA also includes a commitment that First Nations will continue to submit the nominal roll for students enrolled in public schools. FNESC will continue to monitor this issue.
- We are aware that First Nations representatives may be attending AANDC nominal roll training session to assist with completion of the nominal roll.
- FNESC will inform all First Nations communities and schools prior to the nominal roll deadline whether any changes are to be implemented as a result of the dispute resolution process that is underway.
- Completion of the Nominal Roll is still required
Update: Please see the September 12 2012 letter from AANDC in “Key Resources” that provides an update about the nominal roll deadline and updated workshop dates…
At the Regional Sessions community meetings this fall, FNESC and the FNSA will be dedicating some time to talk about the Tripartite Education Framework Agreement (TEFA) and to answer questions. We invite you to register to attend your nearest session and you can find online registration at http://www.fnesc.ca/regional-sessions. Sessions are happening in Nanaimo, Vancouver, Williams Lake, Smithers, Prince Rupert, Prince George, Cranbrook, Kelowna and Kamloops.
*** If you would like to speak with a representative of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada about TEFA and your community’s education funding, you can request an appointment as part of the Regional Session registration process.
As in past years, the Regional Sessions will also include updates on the work of the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), First Nations Schools Association (FNSA), Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association (IAHLA), and Indian Studies Support Program as well as updates from government partners, including the BC Ministry of Education, Ministry of Advanced Education and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). FNESC and the FNSA greatly appreciate your feedback on education topics at this sessions.
Find more Online Resources at http://www.fnsa.ca/tefa
Visit http://www.fnsa.ca/tefa for past issues of the eBulletin and for support contacts
The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) publish the TEFA eBulletin to support First Nations communities and schools with TEFA interpretation and implementation. Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated.
(updated July 11, 2012)