Twenty-nine Anishinabek First Nations ran a ratification vote on the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement. The unofficial vote results are:
- 13 First Nations met the 25% +1 threshold on their first vote:
- Zhiibaahaasing First Nation
- Aundeck Omni Kaning
- Aamjiwnaang First Nation
- Mississaugas of Scugog First Nation
- Magnetawan First Nation
- Georgina Island First Nation
- Wasauksing First Nation
- Pic River First Nation
- Henvey Inlet First Nation
- Sheshegwaning First Nation
- Wahnapitae First Nation
- Nipissing First Nation
- Pic Mobert First Nation
- 2 First Nations voted no:
- Sheguiandah First Nation
- Kettle and Stony Point First Nation
- 14 First Nations did not meet the 25% + 1 threshold but had overwhelming “yes” votes:
- Fort William
- Long Lake #58
- Red Rock Indian Band
- Biinjitiwabik Zaaging Anishinabek
- Mississauga First Nation
- Moose Deer Point
- Chippewas of Rama
- Munsee Delaware First Nation
- Whitefish River First Nation
- Dokis First Nation
- Atikameksheng First Nation
- Beausoliel First Nation
- Alderville First Nation
In January 2017, Long Lake #58 First Nation ran a second ratification vote. Long Lake met the threshold of 25% + 1 “yes” votes on the second vote. So, there are now 14 First Nations that ratified the ANEA and met the threshold.
Ratification Vote Follow-Up
At a meeting in Ottawa on December 6, 7 and 8, 2016, all the First Nations that ran a ratification vote met to discuss the vote results.
8 of the First Nations that had a “yes” vote but did not meet the threshold decided to submit a BCR confirming that the First Nation has ratified the Education Agreement based on the following facts:
- there was an overwhelming “yes” vote;
- the number of voters is similar to the number of voters that participate in other First Nation votes;
- the First Nation believes they ratified based on the recorded votes results.
Grand Council Chief sent a letter to Minister Bennett requesting a meeting to review the outcome of the vote and support the 8 First Nations in their position that they ratified the Education Agreement. That meeting is yet to be scheduled.
The federal negotiations team is continuing to request information from the ROJ team to support their briefing to the Minister.
Establishing the Anishinabek Education System
At a meeting in Toronto on January 24th and 25th, 2017, 22 Anishinabek First Nations confirmed that they are proceeding to establish the AES together.
At this meeting, the structure of the AES was changed from the model that proposed before the ratification vote. The changes reflect the number of First Nations that are part of the AES at this time.
There are now 4 Regional Education Councils instead 5. Each Regional Education Council selects 3 directors to the Board based on the regional approved process. This change in the structure will revisited by April 1, 2017 to determine if the structure should be changed.
The current Regions and Directors are:
Regional Education Council #1 – Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, Long Lake #58, Pic Mobert, Red Rock and Biinjitiwabiik Zaaging Anishinabek – selected Elaine Stewart, Lisa Michano and Judy Desmoulin
Regional Education Council #2 (former regions #2 and #3) -Atikameksheng Anishinawbek, Mississauga #8, Sheshegwaning, Aundeck Omni Kaning and Zhibaahaasing – selected Janice Cada, Jeanne Naponse and Debbie Mayer
Regional Education Council #3 (formerly #4) – Henvey Inlet, Dokis, Nipissing, Wasauksing, Wahnapitae, Magnetawan and Moose Deer Point -selected Marianna Couchie, Catherine Pawis and Nicole King
Regional Education Council #4 (formerly #5) – Chippewas of Rama, Mississaugas of Scugog, Chippewas of Georgina Island, Aamjiwnaang and Munsee Delaware – selected Evelyn Ball, Lauri Hoag and Vicki Ware
This KEB Board will advance the establishment of the AES to prepare for Effective Date which is targeted for April 1, 2018.
Master Education Agreement with Ontario
A table level draft of the Master Education Agreement was completed in December 2016. The associated Multi-Year Action Plan, Data and Information Sharing Agreement and the Transfer Payment Plan are still in negotiation. We are working towards finalizing all of these documents for First Nation review starting in March 2017.
The contents of the Master Education Agreement have been reviewed with the First Nations that moving forward with establishing the Anishinabek Education System in December 2016 and January 2017. This review process will continue.
The KEB Board continues to provide direct input into the draft agreements with Ontario. The KEB was meeting every two weeks last year to support the negotiations with Ontario. This schedule of input meetings will continue with the recently elected Board of Directors.
The 22 First Nations advancing the establishment of the AES were also provided the opportunity to provide input at the education forums in December and January.
Tripartite Work Plan
The Anishinabek First Nations moving forward with the establishment of the AES, Ontario and Canada negotiated a Tripartite Work Plan that sets out activities to support the development and establishment of the Anishinabek Education System. This plan is an “evergreen” plan that continues to be updated and amended as required.
The main activities identified in this work plan and the current status of completion is set out below.
- Relationship Building Forum – February 14 and 15, 2017
- System Readiness – in progress
- Data Sharing Protocols and Agreements – in progress
- Education Service Agreements – in progress
- Education Service Agreements Transition Guidelines and Reconciliation Process – in progress
- Capacity Development for language and culture preservation in AES – complete
- First Nation Capacity Development – in progress
- Student Engagement Forum – in progress
- Preparation for the Implementation and Operation Committee and the Joint Master Education Agreement Committee – in progress
- Development of a Communications Protocol – in progress
- Development of the Anishinabek Student Success and Well-Being Longitudinal Study – in progress
Education Agreement Signing
Plans are being developed to sign the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement and the Master Education Agreement (if it is approved by the First Nations and Ontario) at the same time. Currently, we are planning the signing for June 2017. The location has yet to be determined.