Education Services Agreement draft standards engagement

Partners and stakeholders shared their feedback on the Education Services Agreement draft standards.


We gathered feedback from stakeholders and education partners to draft standards that will guide the creation of new Education Services Agreements to help school boards and First Nations work together when First Nations students living on-reserve choose to attend a provincial school.

Participants provided feedback on draft standards developed from 2014 to 2018, as well as on proposed updates to reflect changes in the education system in 2021.


  • Open

    August 3 to September 15, 2021

  • Results under review

  • Completed

Who is listening

Ministry of Education

Stakeholder and partner engagement

Stakeholders and education partners were invited to submit written feedback and attend engagement sessions to discuss the draft standards.

Sessions were held from August 24 to September 13, 2021 with representatives from First Nations education authorities, provincial school authorities, the College of Alberta School Superintendents, and the Alberta School Boards Association.



Government used feedback to support the development of principle-based standards for Education Services Agreements, which focus on learning needs, culture, language, identity and students’ unique circumstances.

In September 2022, the standards were released through a Ministerial Order. Resources to support the implementation of the standards are available at Education Services Agreement Standards.  

Three years after the standards come into effect, the Alberta government will conduct a review, including another round of input from First Nations and school boards and other partners and stakeholders. Feedback during the review period will help determine the standards’ effectiveness, inform any needed changes and guide future program and policy decisions. 


Connect with the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Directorate: 

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

Phone: 780-427-8501

Toll free: 310-0000

Email: [email protected]