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Self-Governed Education for Anishinabek Nation to Support Student Success

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Hannah Nie

Public Relations Officer

Federation of Canadian Secondary Students | Fédération des Élèves du Secondaire au Canada

hannahn@fcss-fesc.ca

+1 (289) 408-8600

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2017


Self-Governed Education for Anishinabek Nation to Support Student Success

TORONTO, ONTARIO, AUGUST 17, 2017 - A recent agreement between the federal government and the Anishinabek Nation of Ontario will allow 23 Anishinabek reserves to self-govern their education system. As an advocate for student empowerment, success, and equity, the FCSS-FESC is in full support of this decision.

According to the agreement, the Anishinabek communities involved will be able to control the education of students in kindergarten to grade 12 on reserves. This will allow for the creation of a curriculum that incorporates the instruction of Anishinabek culture, history, and language. Ultimately, the agreement seeks to improve the academic success of Anishinabek students and reduce dropout rates. Regarding the agreement, Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee emphasized the importance of education to the First Nations people, stating “the impacts of colonialism [with regards to] Indigenous people kept us uneducated and in poverty”. He went on to explain that “education is the key to our future, where we build capacity and we take over and run our own lives”.

According to Tracey O’Donnell, the Anishinabek Nation’s education negotiator, about 8 percent of Anishinabek students attend on-reserve schools. However, the majority of Anishinabek students attend provincial schools due to a lack of facilities on reserve, or because their families live off-reserve. Thus, the agreement will also include collaboration between Anishinabek communities and the provincial government to develop programmes supporting Anishinabek students off-reserve. For example, this could consist of changes in Ontario’s curriculum to include Anishinabek history and culture. “What we’re trying to do is create a new reality so our students achieve the same level or even higher level of success than other Ontario students,” O’Donnell said.

The agreement will affect about 25 000 Anishinabek people, and is the largest self-governing agreement to be signed in Canadian history. All 40 of the Anishinabek Nation’s member First Nations communities are allowed to join the agreement.

The Anishinabek Nation’s self-governed education system is in line with the FCSS-FESC’s goal to empower all Canadian students with the opportunities and resources needed to succeed in school and beyond. Anishinabek students will be able to receive a well-rounded education that does not diminish the importance of their unique cultural identity and heritage. The FCSS-FESC believes that this agreement will help provide Ontario’s Anishinabek students with opportunities and resources, and is an important development with regards to the Federation’s own mission of ensuring equitable education for students across Canada.

The Federation of Canadian Secondary Students | Fédération des Élèves du Secondaire au Canada (FCSS-FESC) aims to deliver the student voice to education stakeholders, when it is often forgotten in daily discourse. We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation that is led completely by youth. Together, we are the largest student alliance of its kind in Canada. Our programmes supplement public education with networking events, leadership opportunities, peer mentorship, and conferences. Our events are designed to guide Canadian youth of today and ensure their successful tomorrow, while working to improve education today.

For any sources used in this release, contact the Office for Communications and Public Information at contact@fcss-fesc.ca.

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Looking to the Future of Education

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Looking to the Future of Education

Study on the Current State and Future of Blended Learning | FCSS-FESC

For the past several months, the Federation of Canadian Secondary Students-Fédération des Élèves du Secondaire au Canada (FCSS-FESC) has been working to collect, compile, and tabulate data for its Study on how blended learning has been received by students, its adoption by school boards to facilitate learning, and overall sentiments from both teachers and students on the current state and direction of blended learning courses for secondary students/

Today, we are proud to announce that through the dedication of the Federation's Research Chair, Katherine Gotovsky, and the Standing Committee on Policy, the FCSS-FESC can publish its findings.

The full 13-page publication in its entirety contains background information, summaries of statistics, and in-depth analyses on the effects of blended learning and how it compares to other distance education delivery methods, including pure eLearning or massive open online courses (MOOCs). This is then compared to how well these options facilitate student success and engagement in secondary school. The study can be accessed, viewed, and downloaded below. For questions or to obtain publication and reproduction right, please email contact@fcss-fesc.ca

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Vicky Chang - Statement of Public Disassociation

This notice is available only to Members of the Federation under executive directive 17-06A issued by Husayn Jamal, Executive Director on 2017/06/10. An archived copy of the original is available on request by Members.


Any questions pertaining to the Notice of Termination or the statement of Public Disassociation should be directed to the Code of Conduct Committee who oversaw the investigation into the above enumerated acts. Disclosure permitted under the Code of Conduct, the Member Agreement, and the consent of the concerned parties.

Announcing the Student Bill of Rights

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Announcing the Student Bill of Rights

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Marium Vahed
Public Relations Manager
Federation of Canadian Secondary Students | Fédération des Élèves du Secondaire au Canada
mariumv@fcss-fesc.ca
+1 (289) 408-8600

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2017


Introducing the Student Bill of Rights

Standing Up for the Rights of Students Across Canada

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, FEBRUARY 4, 2017 – For the past few months, the Federation of Canadian Secondary Students | Fédération des Élèves du Secondaire au Canada has tirelessly dedicated itself to the creation of Canada’s first ever Student Bill of Rights.

The Student Bill of Rights will protect over five million students enrolled in secondary schools, outlining each and every one of the basic rights they deserve for an equitable education. This includes: Fundamental Rights, Accessibility Rights, Equality Rights, Fair Standards, and Utility Rights.

The Student Bill of Rights will advocate for universal standards for assessment and evaluation, equal accessibility to enriched education through extracurricular experiences, empowerment through public consultation with students as to the education system, and a recognition of the unique needs of every student.

This is necessary in eliminating challenges and equalizing opportunities for all students, regardless of geography, ethnicity, financial situation, or any barriers that exist. Without students worrying about the disparities that exist within our education, they are more likely to be successful both in school, and when entering post-secondary or the workplace.

Although Canada has made progress in creating avenues for student voice, there has been limited recognition of the day-to-day rights students deserve. The FCSS-FESC strives to use this momentum to create a movement for the formalization of student rights nationwide.

As students, we should and need to have a platform to voice our opinions in order to truly take action in improving our education system. Through the Student Bill of Rights, I believe we can make a difference in our own learning.
— Eva Ren, Vice-Chair of the Student Rights Committee


Thus far, the FCSS-FESC has released the first draft of the Student Bill of Rights in order to allow for consultation with students across Canada. Student feedback is a vital part of the process of having a fully representative Bill, and FCSS-FESC has already received over 6,000 visits to the website.
 
A Student Forum will be held in Toronto in late March to create a platform for student discussion and debate as to the Student Bill of Rights. This Form is expected to host over a hundred students. It will be focused on collecting suggestions as to additions and amendments to the Bill, in the hopes of making the Bill more representative of the diverse student voice.
 
Any interested students are welcomed to visit the website, fill out the survey, or attend the forum. The FCSS-FESC hopes individuals would be willing to collaborate and share in its enthusiasm for this Bill, in order to empower and strengthen student voice across Canada.
 
In the future, the FCSS-FESC will lobby provincial and federal authorities for the legislative adoption of this Bill. The Federation hopes Canadian citizens will be equally driven towards creating a better future for all secondary students.
 
The Federation of Canadian Secondary Students | Fédération des Élèves du Secondaire au Canada (FCSS-FESC) aims to provide students with essential services and programmes not available in schools. We are a non-partisan not-for-profit organisation that is led by youth. Together, we are the largest student alliance of its kind in Canada and supplement public education with networking events, leadership opportunities, mentorship programmes, and experiential conferences. Our events are designed to guide Canadian youth of today and ensure their successful tomorrow.

For any sources used in this release, contact the Office for Communications and Public Information at contact@fcss-fesc.ca.

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