Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ottawa Signs Education Deal with Some Manitoba First Nations to Improve Outcomes

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ottawa Signs Education Deal with Some Manitoba First Nations to Improve Outcomes

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Ottawa, Manitoba First Nations sign education deal

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WINNIPEG - The federal government says a new agreement will give Manitoba First Nations more control over schools and lead to increased funding for programs to improve the education of students.

Nine First Nations are part of the agreement signed Friday by Carolyn Bennett, minister of indigenous and northern affairs.

The deal calls for the newly created Manitoba First Nations School Board to receive similar funding as non-indigenous school boards, with a focus on language, cultural and academic programs.

The system will administer and manage elementary and secondary education programs and services starting in the 2017-2018 school year.

The hope is the new system will improve the quality and relevance of education, academic standards, student outcomes and graduation rates. …

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