First Nation Education Law

Final Documents and Recorded Webinars

These documents are being provided for public use and we ask only that you provide appropriate acknowledgement when creating your own Education Laws.  In order to access the documents, we are asking for the completion of a few questions to help us gauge the effectiveness of the project.  Once the questions have been completed, you will be directed to the documents, which include History, Law Making Protocol, and Law Template. We hope these help in your efforts.  Go to Documents.

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Project Name:

First Nation Education Law-Template for First Nation Governments in Ontario (without prejudice to those First Nations and their organizations with education jurisdiction agreements in place or under negotiation)

Date of the Project:

July 22-Sept. 30, 2013

Steering Committee:

Roger Chum, Roxane Manitowabi, Gayle Mason Stark, Cindy Fisher, Sandra Wong


Kahontakwas Diane Longboat

Chiefs of Ontario Resolution:

First Nations Jurisdiction Over Education-Education Law Template-Resolution 13/13

ONECA Resolution:

May, 2013 authorizing work on a First Nation Education Law Template


A conference call on July 23, 2013 initiated the working group set in place by ONECA to guide the development of the template. 

In order to offer context to the complex issues in First Nations education, a brief historical document with references was compiled to mark the milestones in education since the introduction of the Indian Control of Indian Education policy statement of the National Indian Brotherhood in 1972 and including significant developments leading to the present day.  The draft was completed on Aug. 3, 2013 is in the hands of the Steering Committee for comment before final production and release to the public. 

A second draft of the First Nation Education Law template was prepared for August 14, 2013 and presented at the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation to a meeting of Chiefs, Akwesasne Mohawk Board of Education senior staff, the Chair of the Akwesasne Mohawk Board of Education and the Director of the Nation Building Program.  A power point was also offered to set the context of the AANDC move to bring forward a national piece of education legislation for First Nations and the First Nations response to AANDC efforts of consultation-like information sessions. 

The elements of the draft template were discussed and were well received by Akwesasne.  They have struck a working group authorized by resolution from the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and will complete the template as part of their self government planning process.  A lawyer has been designated to put the law into a format that will accompany the jurisdictional laws of Akwesasne.

The third draft of the First Nation Education Law template is underway with a submission date of August 30 in mind for the Steering Committee’s comments and revisions.  This version contains visuals to assist the reader in understanding the flow of authority from the First Nation Government to the First Nation School Authority and the laws that hold the responsibility for jurisdiction and the authority to manage the education systems of the First Nation.

The slides in the power point provided herein show the elements of the education law for First Nations.  The project will be completed by September 30, 2013.

Presentation Slides (pdf)

If you have questions or comments regarding this project, please contact Kahontakwas Diane Longboat via email at