First Nations Education Council
The First Nations Education Council (FNEC) is an association made up of eight First Nations of Quebec: Abenaki, Algonquin, Atikamekw, Huron Wendat, Innu, Malecite, Mi’kmaq, and Mohawk. Spread over a large territory, its 22-member communities, representing a total of 24 elementary and secondary schools as well as Kiuna Institution, and approximately 4 700 students, have their own language, culture, demographic and socioeconomic profile, and traditions. In addition to their Indigenous language, 12 of our member communities are French-speaking, and 10 are English-speaking.
The First Nations Education Council (FNEC) contributes to the complete takeover of and inherent jurisdiction over education by its member First Nations. The FNEC represents and defends the interests of this collective strength by promoting the realities of each nation and respecting their identity, culture and traditions. Excellence, student success, cultural pride and control of education by and for First Nations are at the heart of its mission.
FNEC-member First Nations locally exercise their inherent right to and complete jurisdiction over education. Their school system promotes lifelong learning, local capacity building and learner well-being.
- Take political action to ensure that First Nations regain full control of their education.
- Take administrative action to ensure respect of the educational rights of First Nations communities.
- Take all necessary measures to advance and increase the quality of First Nations educational programs and services.
- Conduct studies and make recommendations on governments’ political and administrative decisions on Aboriginal education.
- Manage programs transferred by different government departments and ensure that services are developed for the benefit of member communities.
- Provide human resources and consulting services to its member communities, as requested.
- Publish educational documents, newsletters and brochures on topics of interest to member communities.
- Maintain links with other First Nations organizations working in education.
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