It's already June, and the school year will soon be drawing to a close. I would like to take this opportunity to warmly thank all teaching and school staff for their exceptional dedication throughout the year. Many thanks to all those who contribute in any way
to the educational success of our students.  

I encourage you all to celebrate National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples' Day this June 21st. Take the time to celebrate and honour our heritage, culture,
languages, knowledge, and traditions. 

Work on implementing the Regional Education Agreement continues apace. In March, the FNEC team invited the finance and education directors of our member schools to an information session on the financial aspects of the Agreement. It was an opportunity to discuss commitments and responsibilities, accountability, and funding for 2024-2025. 

In May, we were delighted to celebrate the sixteenth edition of our Inter-school Games at Université Laval, bringing together more than 1,300 participants, including young people, coaches, and chaperones. Once again, it was a huge success!  

On behalf of the entire FNEC team, I wish you a wonderful summer. Enjoy recharging your batteries and having fun outdoors.  

Thank you for continuing to read our latest news. See you this autumn! 


Work on the expansion of the FNEC’s
Regional Education Agreement 

On April 30, the FNEC held another meeting with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) at the FNEC offices in Wendake. As provided for in the Regional Education Agreement (REA), the signatory parties had the opportunity to advance discussions concerning the expansion of the current Agreement. The FNEC presented the Executive Committee’s mandate, discussed upcoming work meetings concerning eligibility criteria for students who attend a First Nations school but do not ordinarily reside in a community, performance indicators by and for First Nations, and adult education. The FNEC also discussed the annual indexation of the Agreement, education infrastructure. and the improvement of data validation criteria. The meeting was a first for Mr. Leonard Polson of the Winneway community as a representative of the participating First Nations on the Regional Education Agreement Executive Committee. 

The FNEC’s participation at the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador Chiefs 

The FNEC made an active contribution to the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) Grand Chiefs and Chiefs Assembly, held at Université Laval May 13-15, 2024. Chief Lance Haymond of Kebaowek First Nation, and member of the FNEC Chiefs Committee, presented an update on the AFNQL and FNEC application for judicial review. The FNEC technical team also had the opportunity to offer details of the appeal, as well as to exchange views with the Grand Chiefs and Chiefs of the member communities. 
The FNEC’s participation in the Education Infrastructure Task Team at the Assembly of First Nations 
The FNEC participated actively in the forum on education infrastructure organized by the Assembly of First Nations, held in Vancouver May 22-23, 2024. Represented by its director general and the director of finance, the FNEC provided a plenary presentation concerning recent work on the technical analysis of education infrastructure in member communities. Finally, the FNEC held a meeting with several First Nations educational organizations and directors general from the Indigenous Canada Services’ central administration.  
House of Knowledge 

On May 15, the project team presented a progress report on the House of Knowledge project to the AFNQL. Many of the Chiefs present were enthusiastic about the project. Assembly members hailed the relevance and importance of First Nations taking full charge of our knowledge and lifelong education. 

On another note, consultations on the university training needs of our young people are continuing. We would like to thank the school principals in the communities for their collaboration in this project! 

Wellness week at Opitciwan 

The wellness week at Opitciwan, orchestrated by the First Nations Education Council (FNEC), showcased the invaluable value of collaboration among various organizations such as CSSSPNQL, Jouez Gagnant, Fitspirit, Fondation Nouveaux Sentiers, and the RBC Centre for Mental Health Expertise. This rich and diverse initiative offered wellness workshops, outdoor meditation and yoga sessions, and 2 km tracks for the young foxes. Lectures on academic perseverance and workshops dedicated to grief management were organized to support the youth in their personal and academic development. Cocooning and cultural evenings provided moments of relaxation and sharing, strengthening community bonds. Martin Calvé contributed with massage sessions, adding a physical wellness dimension. Together, these combined efforts not only enriched the participants' experience but also demonstrated that by uniting our strengths, we can go further and enhance the community fabric by transforming individual experiences into collective successes.

Literacy Camp Coordinators Training

The FNEC is delighted to welcome 19 participants from 7 member communities to the Literacy Camp Coordinators Training, to be held from June 10 to 14, 2024 at the Manoir du Lac Delage in Quebec City. Participants will have the opportunity to explore various training themes, such as leadership and coordination, creativity and fun activities, culturally safe programming, planning and preparation and, of course, literacy. These sessions are designed to help participants organize their own camps in their respective communities. 


Cyber Security Awareness 

Criminals are constantly targeting organizations and technology alone cannot ensure an organization’s cyber security. Which is why staying safe online relies on the vigilance of everyone.  

Steps you can take:  

  1. Become familiar with the FNEC’s Cyber Security flyer for quick tips on how you can stay safe: Read 

  1. Consult the Get Cyber Safe website for various resources that address all types of day-to-day cyber situations:  

  1. Take the Cyber Security Awareness Training provided by CIRA (applies to all FNEC employees and school staff of member communities). 

Reminder to always report potential phishing email to our IT team.  

Together, we can create a strong shield against cyber threats! 


Our heritage, our knowledge: Meeting on the Quebec First Nations regional information governance strategy   

On May 7 and 8, 2024, the FNEC and Kiuna Institution, were represented at the first meeting of the regional information governance strategy for First Nations in Quebec. organized by the FNQLHSCC and the FNIGC1. In addition to providing an information kiosk, Sophie Papineau and Normand Généreux, in charge of data governance services, led a workshop on data management, security, and confidentiality. Thanks to the FNQLHSSC for the invitation to this wonderful project.

Regional Education Agreement  
In the third financial year of the Regional Education Agreement (REA), the communities gained access to the 2024-2025 funding amount from the second week of March. In addition, an information session on financial aspects of the REA took palace on March 26 and 27, at the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations, in Wendake. The event brought together over 40 finance and education directors and directors general. During the gathering, participants benefited from a presentation about funding agreements under Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), reporting, change management, financial management as well as an overview of detailed financial files. This event will certainly be repeated next year.   
Save the date: Training for the nominal roll  

For the 2024-2025 nominal roll production exercise, two group training sessions will be offered in the fall:  

  • September 24, 2024, Le Bonne Entente Hotel, Quebec City.  

  • October 2, 2024, at Manoir Saint-Sauveur, Saint-Sauveur.  

Invitations to these training sessions will be sent by e-mail shortly.   


Kiuna’s First Pow-Wow 

On May 9th, Kiuna held the first edition of its Pow-Wow in conjunction with the college's end-of-term gala. Nearly 300 participants enjoyed the festivities while browsing the exhibition of the “Collectif de Kiuna Regalias Rouges Rebelles en Rouli-Roulants"  along the bike path in front of the college. 

It was to the sound of the drums of Northern Voice and The Flying Sturgeons, that dancers Owen John Mayo and Kwena Boivin led the steps of some thirty dancers, all hosted by Charles Bender. Roughly fifteen students received awards and scholarships during the gala portion of the Pow-Wow. 

Kiuna would like to thank all the participants, artisans, dancers, and caterers, without whom the event would not have been such a success. 


Thank you to all the participants of the 2024 edition ! 

To view this year’s results:

Cohort #2 – September 2024 to June 2025 

Information Session :  

June 11, 2024 at 4 p.m. 

Link : 

For more information :  

Liza McLaughlin  

418-842-7672 #3310 

Training from September to December 2024 

Information session :  

June 13, 2024 at 4pm  


For further information : 

Rebecca Beaumont 

418-842-7672 #3331 

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