Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver, BC – The First Nations Leadership Council is viewing yesterday’s passage of Bill C-34, First Nations Jurisdiction over Education in British Columbia Act, as a critical step in improving opportunities and success rates for Aboriginal learners in BC. The federal legislation provides First Nations with authority and jurisdiction over decisions affecting First Nations learners in BC. In a rare event prior to receiving Royal Assent, Bill C-34 was passed unanimously by all parties in Parliament following third reading.
“The passage of Bill C-34 marks a new beginning for First Nations education in BC. We congratulate and commend all members of Parliament for putting aside partisanship and for having the foresight to recognize this legislation will lead to greater educational opportunities within our communities”, said Grand Chief Edward John, a member of the First Nations Summit Political Executive and the BC First Nations Leadership Council.