ISC, AFN introduce new school design standards

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) have formally shared the co-developed improvements to the School Space Accommodation Standards, which will provide greater flexibility for school design. The updates will apply to all ISC-funded schools and major renovation projects. The updates include increased on-reserve school sizes and space for full-day kindergarten, language and culture rooms, knowledge keeper offices, counselling rooms, and outdoor learning spaces. “These new standards, designed by First Nations for First Nations place our people as global leaders in Indigenous-led school building standards,” said AFN Regional Chief Bobby Cameron. “First Nations now have the opportunity to lead the design of the spaces most compatible with our ways of learning.”