From the Acknowledgement and Introductions sections of the Manifesto (available at the Chiefs of Ontario web site at http://www.chiefs-of-ontario.org/education/manifesto.html)
The Manifesto was envisioned by the Ontario First Nations Chiefs-in-Assembly as a means of providing a foundation for change in First Nations education. The Chiefs expressed a vision of future negotiations based on a broad agenda, one that draws from a readily accessible and complete menu, including the history of relations, sovereignty and jurisdiction, Treaties, Aboriginal rights, unique philosophies and world views, Crown obligations, western and First Nations techniques and standards of education and the access and control of a fair share of First Nations’ own resources.
The Manifesto project is unique in ensuring that the primary writers and researchers are all First Nations peoples, and comprise the finest leaders, visionaries and practitioners in First Nations education.
The Manifesto was developed according to a well developed and logical methodology. Parent and educator focus groups were held in four regions of Ontario. Twenty-four writers produced distinct papers according to research framework designed to give Chiefs and their negotiators easy access to an orderly and complete picture of every aspect of education. The chapters of the Manifesto range from philosophy and history, to early childhood education and funding formulas, and every other aspect of education. There is an attempt to be as positive and forward-looking as possible. However, it also condemns the Federal Government for its failure on a grand scale to provide the minimum education to First Nations that others in Ontario have enjoyed for generations. It calls upon the Crown, once again, to live up to its obligations.
The Manifesto is a major milestone for First Nations in Ontario. It expresses the fundamental importance - and indeed the urgency – of First Nations to truly control and to have exclusive jurisdiction over the education of each child. Every aspect of First Nations well being and the full enjoyment of basic human rights is linked to a culturally appropriate and complete education. The uniqueness and beauty of the values of First Nations ancestors must not be lost. The future existence of First Nations as distinct peoples on Turtle Island depends upon it.
The New Agenda: A Manifesto For First Nations Education in Ontario
1. Manifesto Cover Page PDF
2. Manifesto Table of Contents WORD DOC
3. Manifesto Acknowledgements WORD DOC
4. Manifesto Introduction WORD DOC
5. A History of First Nations Education WORD DOC
6. First Nations Education Philosophy WORD DOC
8. First Nations Affective-Effective Education WORD DOC
10. Education Governance WORD DOC
11. Review of INAC Funding for FN Schools WORD DOC
12. First Nations Languages Education WORD DOC
13. First Nations Post Secondary Education WORD DOC
14. First Nations Curriculum WORD DOC
15. First Nations Teacher Education WORD DOC
16. First Nations Second Level Services WORD DOC
17. First Nations Alternative Education WORD DOC
18. First Nations Literacy in Ontario WORD DOC
19. First Nations Early Childhood Education WORD DOC
20. Engaging First Nations Parents in Education WORD DOC
21. Parental Engagement Appendix 1 WORD DOC
22. Manifesto Annotated Bibliography WORD DOC
The First Nations SchoolNet program's Quebec Regional Management Organization recently posted its third publication of First Nation schools ICT success stories. Coordinated by the First Nations Education Council out of Wendake First Nation, the Quebec RMO is working with the K-Net team to develop and support innovative ICT applications in First Nation schools across the province. The series of success stories highlight the investments being made by the schools, the communities, regional organizations and Industry Canada in supporting these developments.