FNEC, ISC sign historic agreement to provide $1.1B, control over education to 22 communities

A historic regional education agreement was signed on Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory between the First Nations Education Council, FNEC’s 22 First Nations member communities, and Indigenous Services Canada. Under the agreement, approximately $1.1B over five years will be provided to the communities to fund education, including building culturally adapted programs, supporting school transportation, and the recruitment and training of over 600 teachers and other staff. Through this agreement, APTN News reports that the communities will have full responsibility over the schools and their curriculum. “This is a major step forward for our people, and an honour to have signed this monumental agreement in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory,” said Kahnawà:ke Grand Chief Kahsennénhawe Sky-Deer. “This agreement will provide Kahnawà:ke with the funding and assistance required for the next five years to ensure our children and young adults get an education that embodies our roots, language, and culture.” The agreement will be in effect until March 2027, when it will be evaluated for renewal.

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