Memorandum of Understanding for First Nation Education in Alberta
On February 23, 2010, the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta and the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs in Alberta signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding for First Nations Education in Alberta. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) includes a common vision for strengthening learning and educational success for First Nation learners in Alberta.
“Canada, Alberta and the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs in Alberta hold a common vision for First Nations students where First Nation students are achieving or exceeding the full educational outcomes, levels and successes of all other Alberta students.”
The MOU provides a framework for collaboration to support a range of education-related issues including parental and community engagement, Treaty and cultural awareness, and on-going work on tuition and education service agreements.
Over 100 representatives participated on eight all-party sub-tables that were created in 2011-2012 to identify options and make recommendations to the MOU working group to inform the development of the MOU Long Term Strategic Action Plan.
Memorandum of Understanding for First Nation Education in Alberta: Long Term Strategic Action Plan
MOU Elected Officials met on September 24, 2013 and approved the draft MOU Long Term Strategic Action Plan. While Treaty 6 Chiefs abstained from the vote to approve the plan, all parties agreed to move forward on work to implement the Action Plan. Work is now underway to implement the 10 actions in the MOU Long Term Strategic Action Plan.
Memorandum of Understanding for First Nations Education in Alberta: Long Term Strategic Action Plan – September 24, 2013
MOU Working Group Key Contacts:
Clayton Kootenay, MOU Coordinator, Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta (780-444-9366)
Lillian Crier, Education Director, Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations (780-944-0334)
Sheena Jackson, Education Director, Treaty 7 Management Corporation (780-539-0355)
Dale Awasis, Education Director, Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta (780-444-9366)
Al Rollins, CEO, Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council, Treaty 8 (780-910-5249)
Amelia Ferozdin, Education Manager, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Canada (780-495-3881)
Jane Martin, Director, Aboriginal Policy, Alberta Education (780-427-5151)
Dan Smith, Director, First Nations Initiatives, Aboriginal Relations (780-427-9394)