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Editorial: Return to table for reforms of First Nations education






Former Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo. Photo from Twitter

Newspaper calls on Native leaders and the Canadian government to return to the table to discuss the future of the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act:
Now, with the bill on hold, and a federal election looming in 2015, the question remains – where do we go from here?

It appears the issue of First Nations education is as unstable as ever. It took years to get to the point where everyone could be brought together last winter, as cameras snapped, film rolled and the nation watched as history appeared to unfold.

The questions and concerns many raised about the act may now bubble to the surface with more frequency. Hopefully, real work and real mediation can help both sides formulate an even better agreement.

But without Atleo at the helm, and the leadership vacuum that it may create, and uncertainty at the federal government level, as next year’s election looms, time may not be on anyone’s side in this case.

A possibility of a quick turnaround and a return to meaningful negotiations is unlikely. It would appear, at this point, those living on First Nations reserves throughout the country will have to endure the status quo for the time being.

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Editorial: Future of First Nations education a concern (The Lethbridge Herald 5/14)

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