Education Governance Project

Supporting Strong First Nation Education Governance

At the June 2013 general assembly, First Nations Education Council member communities collectively committed to defining and implementing a First Nations education system.

To fulfill this pledge, over sixty individuals from the communities took part in developing a standards guide that reflects their aspirations, values and realities. So far over 15 communities have undergone a self-evaluation and have already implemented several of the standards from the guide which covers seven areas: governance and leadership; planning, performance measurement and risk management; financial management; human resource management; information management and information technology; parental and community involvement, as well as external relations. In conjunction with the FNEC, the communities that wish to do so can take the next step which consists of establishing a development plan to move towards reaching the standards.

Considering the ongoing and permanent nature of this project, other areas for development are scheduled to be added. This year, the areas of education staff certification and special education were approved. Read the Standards Guide

Download PDF version here.

Read our promotional booklet presenting all areas per domain-specific fact sheets..

Working group description

Governance and leadership

Educational governance takes the mission, vision, goals and values of the communities into consideration and guides, documents, and influences the achievement of their vision through a communal process that reflects First Nations values.

Planning, performance measurement and risk management

Develop standards, an organizational projects and programs management plan, risk management framework, policy development guidelines, and hospitality guidelines.

Financial management

Develop standards and policies in data management, record keeping, debt management and cash flow management.

Human resource management

Develop standards and policies in orienting new employees, succession planning, volunteer support and administration, background and security checks, and tele-work.

Information management and information technology

Develop standards and policies for integrating employee skills development as part of the information and information technology management plan.

Parental and community involvement

Develop standards and a guidebook to support communities in implementing formal parental involvement structures in their local school system.

External relations

Develop standards and a guidebook to support communities in negotiating education agreements with local school boards.




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