Welcome to 2021-2022 School Year

Current Issues: First Nation Education On-Reserve & Election 2021

A teacher supports a student at Antler River Elementary School at Chippewas of the Thames First Nation during COVID-19 in 2020.

Federal budget announcements signal commitments to party platforms. In 2021, the Liberal government committed new investment of over $18 B over the next five years to improve the quality of life and create new opportunities for people living in Indigenous communities. Additionally, over $1.1 B has been committed for ongoing investments.

Related to education specifically, one key indicator that governments are listening is when they change funding fiscal policy that redirects much needed funding from third-party organizations with little to no Indigenous leadership to First Nation schools and title-holders administering education program delivery directly to First Nation students. The Liberal government, in their 2021 budget, no longer funds organizations off the top to patronage organizations such as Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund ($5M in 2108-2019) and Paul Martin Initiative ($30 M in 2016) earmarked for education-related benefits. 

However, for those communities delivering First Nation school education programs the type and amount of investment needed to do it with efficacy is far greater than what was committed in the 2016 and 2021 federal budgets.

FNWSC is paying attention to what federal party leaders are saying about First Nation education on-reserve specifically and engaging with Members of Parliament and their central political advisory staff to ensure a quality education for all children in Canada is a realized goal of Canada’s.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Leslee White-Eye, Structural Readiness Coordinator, First Nations with Schools Collective, P: 519-902-4145 e: lwhite-eye@fnwsceducation.com www.fnwsceducation.com @FNWSCeducation

Latest News

First Nation Education Funding Policy and Addressing Achievement Gaps

Listen to a podcast released May 19 with Gabriel Sekaly and Leslee White-Eye, FNWSC

The work of the First Nations with Schools Collective has informed the new StrategyCorp Institute’s paper on improving First Nations education entitled, A Critical Perspective on the Canadian Education Gap: Assessing First Nation Student Education Outcomes in Canada, by Gabriel Sekaly and Reema Bazzi released May 19, 2021 at https://strategycorp.com/…/assessing-first-nation…/

Gabriel is a consultant working on the FN Education Funding Formula for the FNWSC since 2017. He and I offer our take on FN Education Funding policy-making in Canada on the podcast called Unintended Consequences now available today May 19. You can listen to the conversation here http://podcast.strategycorp.com/episode-30-leslee-white…

Title Page of White Paper released May 19 by StrategyCorp Inc.’s Institute of Public Policy and Economy.

Jim Dumont speaks to the First Nations with Schools Collective about curriculum development processes on March 9, 2021.

Curriculum Framing Project Launched March 9 with Jim Dumont

The FNWSC will explore Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe culture-based curriculum thinking with Elders and curriculum writers in the form of online Elder forums and writers’ gatherings. Jim Dumont, Elder and Eastern Doorway Chief of the Three Fires Midewiwin Society launched the project with a talk on March 9. This follows a year of exploration in culture-centred metrics that continues as First Nation education leaders grapple with little to no data infrastructure with which to manage data.

FNWSC in the News

The FNWSC weighs in on the federal government’s December announcement of Bill C-15 in 1st reading. See Op Ed in The Star, December 15, 2020 by FNWSC Structural Readiness Coordinator Leslee White-Eye entitled ‘Let’s UNDRIP this, shall we?’ Achieving Human Rights for Indigenous People Now.


“We are in the same boat, this is helpful though, I mean it’s nice to have staff learn these techniques and the presentations are definitely useful, so thank you, it will help us kind of craft material that will have to go for approvals to those in charge of releases for our First Nation.” – Clint Jacobs, Walpole Island First Nation, responding during the FNWSC Media Relations Toolkit Training Session held on Nov.26 #Indigenouseducation #education #FirstNations