BC proposes changes to School Act to improve outcomes for Indigenous students in K-12 

The Government of British Columbia has proposed changes to the School Act that would ensure Indigenous peoples have more input into the education of Indigenous children and youth and improve outcomes of Indigenous students in K-12. The proposed amendments would fulfil the province’s commitments in the Declaration Act Action Plan and the BC Tripartite Education Agreement. First Nations and Treaty First Nations would have the option of requesting to apply a model local education agreement with boards of education. Additionally, the changes would require all boards to establish an Indigenous education council in their school district in order to ensure that Indigenous people have input on decisions that affect Indigenous students. The School Act’s school-of-choice provision would give First Nations the authority to determine which school their students – whether they are living on reserve, self-governing, or Treaty lands – would attend.