Despite First Nations opposing it since October 2012, the Canadian Harper Conservative government plans on passing education legislation by September 2014. In October 2013, they released a Proposal for a Bill on First Nation Education and a draft copy of the legislation giving approximately 75 days to respond.
First Nations are saying that the legislative approach is paternalistic and sets out more ministerial oversight over First Nations schools than currently exists. They are also saying that current underfunding of First Nation education will not be resolved by the proposed legislation.
Stand with First Nations and First Nation students. Send a message to Prime Minister Harper and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Valcourt to stop the proposed First Nation Education Act.
The more messages the Harper government receive, the more likely First Nations will have a chance to receive the same quality of education as the rest of Canada. Every letter counts.