We gathered feedback from stakeholders and education partners on draft standards that will 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 provided 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.


  • 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 First Nation Education Authorities and Provincial School Authority Representatives.



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.


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] if they have further questions.

Last updated: September 28, 2021