On Friday, February 7th, Stephen Harper will stand on First Nations' territory in Southern Alberta to announce details of the First Nations Education Act. It seems the announcement will frame the project as an indigenous-supported venture, a positive movement for the education of First Nations' children.
The reality is that First Nations groups across the country have denounced the FNEA. The Kainai Nation - where the announcement will be made - are firmly against the bill. The Blood Tribe "re-affirmed" their position in advance of Harper's announcement, detailing the government's consistent lack of effort to reconcile First Nations' educational issues, including a desperate lack of funding. The FNEA does not solve these long-term concerns, and in fact negatively affects many aborginal rights and eliminates the role and agency of First Nations' people in guiding their own educational structures.
If you can't be there in person, stand with First Nation students. Sign this petition to oppose the FNEA!
Who:Idle No More members, First Nations supporters
Where: Blood Reserve, Treaty No. 7 territory (Southern Alberta)
When:Friday, February 7, 2014
Why: To denounce the First Nations Education Act
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