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2nd Session, 41st Legislature

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Bill 231

THE EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION AMENDMENT ACT (FIRST NATIONS, METIS AND INUIT EDUCATION POLICY FRAMEWORK)


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(Assented to                                         )

WHEREAS reconciliation is advanced through awareness and acknowledgement of the histories of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples;

AND WHEREAS the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has called on the federal, provincial and territorial governments to take action to educate Canadians about reconciliation, treaties and the historical and contemporary contributions of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples;

AND WHEREAS the First Nations, Metis and Inuit education policy framework is the first step toward implementing this call to action in Manitoba's school system;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

C.C.S.M. c. E10 amended

1           The Education Administration Act is amended by this Act.

2           The following is added after subsection 3(2):

Regard for policy framework

3(3)        In approving or establishing courses of study and in approving teacher education programs, the minister is to have regard for the First Nations, Metis and Inuit education policy framework established under section 4.3.

3           The following is added after section 4.2:

First Nations, Metis and Inuit education policy framework

4.3(1)      The minister must establish a First Nations, Metis and Inuit education policy framework for supporting the educational success of First Nations, Metis and Inuit pupils.

Timing and updates

4.3(2)      The policy framework must be established before the 2018 school year begins and must be updated every third school year after that.

Content

4.3(3)      The policy framework must

(a) ensure that all pupils will learn about reconciliation, treaties, and the historical and contemporary contributions of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples; and

(b) set out

(i) the activities that the minister intends to undertake in the applicable three-year period to further the purpose of the policy framework,

(ii) criteria for ensuring that the curriculum reflects the perspectives of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, and

(iii) the measures to be implemented to support the professional development of teachers and others who participate in classroom activities.

Consultation

4.3(4)      In preparing the policy framework or an update to it, the minister must consult with First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons and organizations.

Framework to be available to the public

4.3(5)      The minister must make the policy framework available to the public by publishing it on a government website and by any other means the minister considers advisable.

Coming into force

4           This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

Under this Bill, The Education Administration Act is amended to require the minister to establish a policy framework for First Nations, Metis and Inuit education. The policy framework will set out activities, criteria and measures to support the educational success of First Nations, Metis and Inuit pupils and ensure that all Manitoba pupils learn about reconciliation, treaties and the historical and contemporary contributions of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.