Charting a path towards education transformation requires participating communities to define where they are in their education governance journey, where they want to go, and what strengths to build on. This requires including community members in the process of defining their future and reflecting on past progress.

The FNWSC has adopted the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as an approach for community development. Its a model that requires communities to identify strategies that build on strengths from within the community, then try them, assess for change, tweak and retry again.

To date, the FNWSC invited participating First Nations to engage their community members in the following key areas for education transformation:

  • Vision of Haudenosaunee or Anishinaabek education, partnerships and research (2017)
  • Mapping of natural, built, social/finance, cultural and natural assets (2017-2018)
  • Gaps in education funding, key values/principles and current education costs (2017-2019)
  • Current education governing structures, policies and legislation inventory (2018-2019)
  • Draft First Nation Education Funding Formula Framework (2019)
  • Land-based Learning Success Indictors (2019)
  • FNWSC Governance Framework (2019)
  • DRAFT Technical Paper for a First Nations Funding Formula (2020)

As a result of the engagements in communities and discussions amongst delegates of the FNWSC inter-nation table, the following reports, tools and resources are now available to First Nation communities.

Community Asset mapping guide

The First Nations with Schools Collective has developed a guide to help communities identify their built, natural, cultural, social/financial and human resource assets. First Nation communities are welcome to use the guide to support their long-term goals in education transformation.