Treaty 3 recognizes Education as a lifelong learning process. This process includes Early Childhood Education, Early Learning, Kindergarten to Grade 12, and postsecondary education. This includes programs, supports and resources required to support our First Nation students achieve academic success in attaining their educational goals.
Grand Council Treaty 3 is the traditional government of the Anishinaabe nation in Treaty #3. By treaty with Her Majesty in 1873, the Nation shared its duties and responsibilities and protected its rights, which includes the treaty right to Education.
In 1873, the Chiefs of Treaty #3 were adamant that education be included within the Treaty 3 document to ensure that future generations would be provided with an education so that their members would know the ways of mainstream society. Today, Treaty #3 leaders work diligently to protect and maintain the Treaty right to education.
Political Support and Advocacy
Ogichidaa Warren White works with the Chief and Council members of Treaty #3 to provide political advocacy and support to the Treaty #3 First Nations to ensure that our First Nation students Treaty right to education continues to be a top priority and our students receive the best quality education that they are entitled to.
Grand Council Treaty #3’s Education Policy Analyst works with the First Nation Education representatives of the 28 First Nation communities; 26 in Ontario and 2 in Manitoba, as well as the tribal councils, First Nation schools, and students to identify issues and concerns regarding education, and to work collaboratively to identify solutions that benefit First Nation Education. Issues requiring political support and/or advocacy are brought to the attention of the Grand Chief and the leadership of Treaty 3 at the Chiefs Assemblies.
The Education Policy Analyst also works with the 4 district school boards located within Treaty #3, and provides support and advocacy for First Nation students enrolled in the provincial school boards under tuition agreements. Issues and/or concerns on matters relating to the education programs and services provided to the First Nation students of Treaty 3 requiring technical support and/or advocacy are brought to the attention of government representatives from the Ministry of Education, and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.
On July 21, 2010, the Assembly of First Nations and Grand Council Treaty #3 signed a political agreement to press Canada to acknowledge and honour Treaty rights and the Treaty right to education. AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo stated, “First Nations across the country are committed to upholding and exercising our rights, and the right to education is the key to unlocking the full potential of our people. The people of Treaty #3 are strong advocates for First Nations rights and Treaty #3 itself includes the right to education. The agreement signed today is an expression of our commitment to acting on all our rights on behalf of all our people and ensuring Canada respects these rights.”
Within Grand Council Treaty 3, there are 3 tribal councils that provide support education services to their respective First Nations:
Anishinaabek of Kabapikotawangag Resources Council at http://www.akrc.on.ca/
Bimose Tribal Council at http://www.bimose.ca/
Fort Frances Chiefs Secretariat at http://ffcs.ca/
In addition to the tribal councils, the following First Nation organizations provide educational services to Treaty 3 members;
Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong provies training, skills and employment services to Treaty 3 First Nations and its members. Visit their website at http://www.shooniyaa.org/ for more information.
Seven Generations Education Institute provides education programs, supports and services. Although they are mandated to serve the 10 First Nations in the Fort Frances area, they have expanded to provide alternative secondary programs and post-secondary programs to Treaty 3 First Nations as requested. Visit their website at http://www.7generations.org/ for more information.
Grand Council Treaty#3 has compiled a list of resources available that provides invaluable information on the Treaties. The following documents are available for your use.