ANISHINABEK The voice of the Anishinabek Nation
Volume 25 Issue 8
Published monthly by the Union of Ontario Indians - Anishinabek Nation
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Big belt, big promises The 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation was observed in an Oct. 7 gathering at the Union of Ontario Indians head office. Over 100 educators, students, and Nipissing-area residents heard presentations about the Proclamation, which recognized Aboriginal title and nationhood. Al Dokis, director of the UOI Intergovernmental Affairs department, and Deputy Grand Council Chief Glen Hare display the 1764 Treaty of Niagara Covenant Chain Wampum Belt, which represented the understanding of the proclamation terms by leaders of more than 24 Great Lakes First Nations. More on Pages 6 and 7. – Photo by Marci Becking
Madahbee: ‘Federal government must stop education experiments’ UOI OFFICES – The government of Canada must stop experimenting with the lives of First Nations children. Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee says the federal government’s plan to unilaterally push ahead with a First Nations Education Act looks like the latest in a long list of federal attempts to control the destiny of First Nations people. “They have used us like lab rats – sterilized us and starved us, and forced us to attend schools where we were beaten and abused and thousands of our children died. When will they learn that they don’t know what’s best for First Nations?” Indian Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said this week that there will be no additional federal funding for First Nations education until he sees “reform” of the current system of education delivery on First Nations. The federal Conservatives are expected to introduce the First Nation Education Act this fall. “Instead of investing in our own Anishinabek Education System and our own First Nations school boards, the federal government is yet again forcing its method of education on our First Nations,” says Madahbee. “The Anishinabek have invested 19 years in consulting
our citizens and education experts to develop a school system that will make it more likely that our children can succeed in the classroom. “During that time the federal government has imposed a two per cent funding cap on education, which has resulted in funding for students attending First Nations schools being thousands of dollars less than those attending public schools off reserve. It also means that fewer First Nations students can pursue post-secondary learning. “The federal government has to stop experimenting with us, and blaming us that an education system that they imposed on us is failing our children.” The Grand Council Chief said the imposition of a First Nation Education Act would contradict the Residential School apology issued by Stephen Harper in the House of Commons five years ago, as well as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – to which Canada is signatory – and which says: “ Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their education systems and institution in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning.”
Anishinabek G7 FASD Conference Dec. 3-5/13, Sudbury
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