The Ministry of Education and Child Care (ECC) has engaged collaboratively with the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) over the Fall and Winter of 22/23 to develop policy for setting standards of Indigenous Education Councils. ECC and FNESC have a broad policy direction, and consultation with First Nations, Treaty First Nations and Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) has begun.
- Strategic engagement underway: Legislation and Policy Working Group formed with FNESC and initial policy development discussions underway.
How are we working together?
ECC and FNESC have had meetings approximately monthly, or more often, since May 2022 to develop the Indigenous Education Council policy. ECC has been meeting with First Nation rights holders on the proposed policy since February 2023. Initial consultation has begun with MNBC.
Next steps are continuing work on co-development of policy and planning for potential legislative changes.
Are there challenges?
Timelines for implementation, legislative changes and ensuring that First Nations and boards of education are appropriately informed of any new policies.