Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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May 31, 2016


THUNDER BAY, ON (May 31, 2016): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox recognizes the 9th Annual Education Awareness Week while working to shape the future of education through a NAN-wide education system that will meet the needs of current and future generations.

“I am proud to support the work of our leaders, educators and students who are leading the development on a NAN-wide education system so we can begin to close the gap in the quality of education between First Nations students and the rest of Canada,” said NAN Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox, who holds the education portfolio. “Education is key for the future of our people and our Nation, but must be delivered through our own system that meets the unique challenges faced by our communities. I am especially pleased to be incorporating the voices of our youth, as they are in the best position to share strategies that will improve their education experience.”

Education Awareness Week was established in 2008 to highlight the education needs across NAN territory, explore opportunities to overcome barriers to quality education programs and services, and raise awareness and the profile of education in NAN First Nations. First Nation leaders, educators and students are meeting for a two-day conference in Thunder Bay this week.

NAN First Nation continue to deliver high quality programs and services despite chronic underfunding, but many programs and services cannot be delivered or accessed by NAN First Nations students due to a chronic lack of investment in many key areas. NAN is developing a framework for an education system that meets the challenges faced by First Nations in the delivery of education and recognizes First Nation jurisdiction.

NAN Chiefs-in-Assembly declared their First Nations Inherent and Treaty Right to control the future of education in NAN territory on November 7, 2013.


For more information please contact: Tamara Piche, Communications Officer – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4906 or cell (807) 621-5549 or by email

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