Government of Canada signs Regional Education Agreement with Elsipogtog First Nation Education Authority

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Government of Canada signs Regional Education Agreement with Elsipogtog First Nation Education Authority

by ahnationtalk on March 9, 2021121 Views

From: Indigenous Services Canada

News release

March 9, 2021 — Elsipogtog First Nation, unceded traditional Mi’kmaq territory, New Brunswick — Indigenous Services Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to First Nations education transformation that is inclusive and responsive to the diversity of Indigenous Peoples.

Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, and Chief Arren Sock announced the signing of the Regional Education Agreement (or REA) with Elsipogtog First Nation Education Authority, the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada.

In the coming weeks/months, Elsipogtog First Nation will establish its own education structure that will focus on better supporting cultural connections and diversity, responding to the unique needs of First Nations students and promote success for all.

Through this Agreement, Elsipogtog First Nation Education Authority is formalizing its partnership and funding relationship with Canada. The Agreement also commits to both parties to explore new ways to further improve education outcomes and address funding needs for special education for students of Elsipogtog First Nation.

Quotes

“The signing of this Agreement with Elsipogtog First Nation Education Authority is an important step that further supports the principle of First Nation control of First Nations’ education. We congratulate Elsipogtog First Nation on the establishment of its own education structure to better address the needs of students for generations to come.”

The Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services

“The Education team, led by Ivan Augustine, has kept myself and Council apprised of their Regional Education Authority activities for the past 3 years. I am very pleased with the end results and the empowerment of the community in determining the educational future of our young people.”

Arren Sock
Chief of Elsipogtog First Nation

“It is with great pride and satisfaction that I acknowledge our Education team in achieving REA status. This allows us to develop our education program in a manner which addresses the needs of our students and provides sustainable, predictable funding through our partnership with Canada.”

Ivan Augustine
Director of Education, Elsipogtog First Nation Education Authority Inc.

Quick facts

  • Elsipogtog First Nation is located eight kilometres southwest of Rexton, New Brunswick, on the Richibucto River. The community’s total population of approximately 3,400 people includes 2,628 people that live on the reserve.
  • The Elsipogtog First Nation Education Authority offers education services to the students of Elsipogtog First Nation, one of the three largest per capita First Nations in New Brunswick.

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Contacts

For more information, media may contact:

Adrienne Vaupshas
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services
[email protected]

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada
819-953-1160
[email protected]

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