Chiefs of Ontario Hosting Education Summit

Posted 7 May 2014 by in Anishinaabe

Education Summit To Debate Bill C-33

THUNDER BAY – ABORIGINAL – UPDATED* Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy is welcoming Chiefs and delegates from across Ontario who will be attending the Chiefs of Ontario Indigenous Education: Gateway to Freedom Summit this week in Thunder Bay.

Grand Chief Peters on Education


“This Summit is designed to provide participants with the most up-to-date information on the contents and implications of the proposed First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act. This also the first opportunity that educators and leaders will have the opportunity to debate the Bill C-33 and provide feedback, ” Regional Chief Beardy said.

Question and Answer Session


“Education is the key to our future survival and it’s paramount that our communities are involved at the very start of any decision that involves our children. We have been adamant that the path forward is not delegated federal legislation but implementation of First Nations’ inherent jurisdiction over First Nations’ education through negotiation of nation-to-nation jurisdictional agreements.”

The Summit will inform a First Nations in Ontario position on Bill C-33 which currently sits on hold in Second Reading in Parliament and will contribute to the development of a go-forward strategy in the best interest of our communities. Grassroots people, educators and First Nations leaders will be in attendance.

The Education Summit will take place May 8, 9 at the Victoria Inn, in Thunder Bay.

*Added Video on May 9 2014.

Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy

Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy