• Consultation on the educational success of First Nations
Dec 21, 2016

On November 28, 2016, the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Sébastien Proulx, invited First Nations, Crees and Inuit to a consultation on issues in education that are specific to Aboriginal communities.

This consultation took place within the broader context of the Ministry’s consultations to lay the foundation for a clear and coherent vision for its first policy on educational success, with a view to ensuring the educational success of students and setting priorities.

As part of this province-wide consultation, three themes were addressed: all students achieving their full potential, a favourable context for student learning, personal development and success, and the mobilization of partners and stakeholders in support of educational success.

The FNQLHSSC presented the elements of its position, in keeping with that of the AFNQL and its regional commissions and organizations. However, the FNQLHSSC emphasized at the outset that the solution avenues presented could not be representative of the members of First Nations communities for the following reasons:

  • The short timeframe was not conducive to a meaningful consultation.
  • The FNQLHSSC did not have the opportunity to hold consultations with its members on the issue of educational success.

However, as part of its activities and pursuant to its mission, the FNQLHSSC was able to prepare the following for the purposes of this consultation.

All students achieving their full potential:

  • Provide funding for educational and early stimulation services in language and culture to ensure a continuum of services in school that is coherent with educational programs (continuum of services for children attending childcare and those enrolled in preschool).
  • Promote the development of an educational program that integrates the service offer in early childcare, school and the community in order to reach out to all children, families and members of the community.
  • Support the creation and implementation of the necessary mechanisms to ensure a continuum of services and follow-up for children in the community who require these services and for schools located outside the community.
  • Provide funding to implement partnership and service agreements between communities and provincial/federal services in order to meet the needs of children with special needs.

     

     

    A favourable context for student learning, personal development and success:

  • Support, promote and integrate mother tongue use and instruction (First Nations or Inuit language) in all learning situations, starting in early childhood and throughout the educational trajectory to facilitate the acquisition of a second language.
  • Harmonize educational programs (early childhood and school programs) and ensure these are coherent with the language, culture and cultural identity of each community and nation.
  • Take action on the social determinants of health that are specific to First Nations and Inuit by offering the necessary funding to empower families to create and maintain a safe and secure environment for their children.
  • Support communities whose members have English as a second language to make it easier for them to access provincial resources.

    Mobilization of partners and stakeholders in support of educational success:

  • Promote the creation of ties between services and First Nations partners to ensure a continuum of services for children at every stage of their development and throughout their lives in order to reinforce parental skills.
  • Support concrete actions designed to promote the importance of early intervention so that children start school on the right foot.
  • Provide funding to create effective measures to transition from childcare to school.