Overview

We’re gathering feedback from stakeholders and education partners on draft standards that would guide the creation of new Education Services Agreements, helping school boards and First Nations work together when First Nations children choose to attend a provincial school.

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

Education Services Agreements are agreements between school boards and First Nations, or the Government of Canada on behalf of First Nations, to enable First Nations students living on-reserve to attend provincial schools. The Government of Alberta is not party to these negotiations or the agreements.

Many current Education Services Agreements are decades old and didn’t address individual situations, such as specific learning needs or life in a rural, remote area.

Timeline

  • 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 attend engagement sessions to discuss the draft standards. Invited participants may email [email protected] to submit written feedback on the draft standards by September 15, 2021.

Engagement sessions

First Nations Education Authorities

Provincial School Authority Representatives

  • August 31, 2021
    • 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - College of Alberta School Superintendents, Alberta School Boards Association, Association of School Business Officials of Alberta – register for the virtual session.
  • September 2, 2021
    • 10:30 a.m. to noon - College of Alberta School Superintendents, Alberta School Boards Association, Association of School Business Officials of Alberta – register for the virtual session.
  • September 9, 2021
    • 10:30 a.m. to noon - College of Alberta School Superintendents, Alberta School Boards Association, Association of School Business Officials of Alberta – email [email protected] to register for the in-person session.
    • 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - College of Alberta School Superintendents, Alberta School Boards Association, Association of School Business Officials of Alberta – register for the virtual session.

Resources

Outcomes

Feedback will strengthen draft standards to support the development of new principle-based Education Services Agreements focusing on learning needs, culture, language, identity and students’ unique circumstances.

New standards will be released through a Ministerial Order and posted online. Resources to support the implementation of new standards will be made available.

Contact

First Nations and provincial school education partners who were invited to participate may contact Lynda Burgess, Manager, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Directorate, at 780-422-3281 or by email at [email protected] to submit written feedback or arrange a virtual conversation to discuss the draft standards further.

Last updated: September 2, 2021