One good thing


Amid all else, the House voted unanimously last night—268 to 0—to approve the following NDP motion.

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should adopt Shannen’s Dream by: (a) declaring that all First Nation children have an equal right to high-quality, culturally-relevant education; (b) committing to provide the necessary financial and policy supports for First Nations education systems; (c) providing funding that will put reserve schools on par with non-reserve provincial schools; (d) developing transparent methodologies for school construction, operation, maintenance and replacement; (e) working collaboratively with First Nation leaders to establish equitable norms and formulas for determining class sizes and for the funding of educational resources, staff salaries, special education services and indigenous language instruction; and (f) implementing policies to make the First Nation education system, at a minimum, of equal quality to provincial school systems.

For more information on Shannen’s Dream see here, here and here. Nycole Turmel’s statement on the passing of the NDP motion is here.


One good thing

  1. Paul K. Feyerabend ~ Unanimity of opinion may be fitting for a church, for the frightened or greedy victims of some (ancient, or modern) myth, or for the weak and willing followers of some tyrant. Variety of opinion is necessary for objective knowledge. And a method that encourages variety is also the only method that is comparable with a humanitarian outlook.

    • They need dissent in a declaration that will have all the same effect as “All those who like pancakes, say Aye”?

  2. 268? It sounds like 40 people didn’t vote. Was it 2-for-1 scotch night at Hy’s, or were some people abstaining in order to vote no?

  3. Eventually they’ll get back to the Kelowna Accord….they’ll just call it something different and hope we don’t notice.

  4. But, but, but…. I thought the CPC was a racist organization devoted to keeping FN down?

    • After Attawapiskat, they didn’t have much choice.

  5. Not one bloody red cent until all 630+ FN bands sign on to The First Nations Financial Transparency Act so everyone knows where the money goes.  That was why the Kelowna Accord was nixed.  Too much corruption and not enough education in appropriate financial literacy and basic accounting.
    It makes me so angry and sad that these dysfunctional bands can abuse their own people.  Many of the FN chiefs hate Atleo – thought our politics were bad – just watch how some of the Ontario, Manitoba cheifs react to this.
    “100 MILE HOUSE, B.C. – Aboriginal Affairs officials have turned over to RCMP a review of spending by a former B.C. First Nations chief that found hundreds of thousands of dollars in questionable spending, but books so bad that further investigation was not possible.
    The review of the Tl’etinqox-t’in First Nation’s spending highlights a major issue facing First Nations and federal bureaucrats as the Conservative government moves toward greater financial transparency for bands: financial literacy.”