On April 14, 2023, the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) was pleased to sign on to the Manitoba Collaborative Indigenous Education Blueprint (the Blueprint) and its efforts to engage and enact the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action that mention First Nations education and the needs of First Nations students.
MFNERC’s Executive Director, Charles Cochrane, says First Nations youth are one of the fastest growing populations in the country and crucial to Canada’s long-term prosperity.
“First Nation young people are a rapidly growing population. Canada needs them to fill the roles being created as the baby boomers leave the workforce. Ensuring that First Nations students have brighter futures ensures that Canada will have the workers, professionals, and entrepreneurs to support the Canada of tomorrow,” Cochrane says. “The TRC’s Calls to Action lay out a path to a better education system, not just for First Nations students, but all students, as they gain a better understanding of what this country was and what it has the potential to become. The quest for education should not make students feel threatened or unwelcome, it should not be filled with unnecessary hurdles and challenges, it should not be narrowed to the point that it becomes a barrier to diversity. With that in mind, we are honoured to sign on to the Blueprint, with its goal of increasing the success of First Nation students at all levels of the education system.
Established in 1998 by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc. (MFNERC) provides the province’s leading education, administration, clinical, technology, and language and culture services to First Nations schools in Manitoba. MFNERC also provides coordinated second and third level education services to Manitoba’s First Nations schools, including 42 First Nations schools from 38 Manitoba First Nations.
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