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Education

Education Vision

ATC First Nations contribute to a quality education where students are knowledgeable and proud of their culture and highly successful in academics.

Adopted May 2000

Education Mandate

It is the mandate of Athabasca Tribal Council to assist, support and enable ATC First Nations in their First Nations education endeavors. We have been making significant progress in developing and implementing ATC education programs and services in cooperation with ATC First Nation members. The work of ATC Education is reflected in the following education goals:

  • Developing and promoting effective communication among ATC First Nations and relevant organizations
  • Facilitating the development of ATC First Nations education programs
  • Develop and manage an effective education department at ATC
  • Researching and developing effective First Nations education programs at ATC

The ATC Education department will continue to provide programs and services to ensure that First Nations education is an ongoing concern for all ATC First Nations people. I hope that you find our web site informative and many thanks for those assist and support ATC Education activities.

Education Committee

Overview

The Athabasca Tribal Council Education Committee was formed into the spring of 1997 to share, network, communicate education information, and deal with collective education issues within the region. The committee has met on a regular basis to discuss education concerns and matters that are important in the ATC area. They have developed an understanding of the problem of low education achievement throughout the K-12 education programs as well as low school completion rates (grade 12 graduation) among ATC First Nations students. A majority of our students attend schools within Northland School Division that faces many challenges with student achievement and completion. The ATC Education Committee has been dealing with these issues and is committed to improving the quality of education so that our students can succeed in school. By assuming the responsibility for education the committee hopes to prepare students for a more successful future. The committee is working towards community support for improving education and feels it is necessary to create awareness about educational issues with all members of the Tribal Council. The ATC Education Conferences have been well attended and we have been fortunate to have some prominent First Nations educators to help facilitate our learning. The ATC committee members are also implementing education projects and activities at their communities to raise awareness and continue education talk among tribal members.

 Education Committee

Rita Marten
Athabasca Tribal Council
(780) 791-6538 ext: 247

“We need to promote and validate a holistic education system with a strong emphasis on virtues, values, language and culture”.

Anthony Ladouceur
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
(780) 697-3730

“Education starts at home, at a young age, with parental guidance and support and carries on into adult life.”

Kim Marcel
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
(780) 697-3730

“Our culture, history and traditions should be included in the education of our children so that they become proud of who they are.”

 Ray Powder
Fort McKay First Nation
(780) 828-4220

“We need quality education and we must be aware that they have choices as to what we accept for our children.” We must act upon what we value; it is our responsibility to get involved”.

Charlotte Barnes

Fort McKay First Nation
(780) 828-4220

“Our schools need parents and community involved to support children.”

Bernice Cree
Fort McMurray First Nation
(780) 334-2293

“We must be advocates of education as it is the key to future self-sufficiency. Education can be format or informal, but we should never close our minds to the possibilities of learning.”

Stuart Janvier
Chipewyan Prairie First Nation
(780) 559-2259

“Our people must get an education with our own vision, culture and language and use it in the community.”

Liz Poitras
Chipewyan Prairie First Nation
(780) 559-2478

“Our students need to achieve like anyone in the province and with positive attitudes and support from the community.”

Juanita Whitehead
Mikisew Cree First Nation
(780) 697-3740

“First Nations should be excited about being in school where they can reach their potential to achieve their career goals.”

Marlyn Simpson
Mikisew Cree First Nation
(780) 697-3740

“As native people we became lost along the way so we have to regroup to make education better for our children.”

Elder Therese Tuccarro
Mikisew Cree First Nation
(780) 697-3740

Please feel free to contact any of the members to discuss educational issues

B oarding Home Program

The purpose of the Athabasca Tribal Council Boarding Home Program is to provide placement services to students attending highschool in the Alberta region. The boarding home family provides room and board to a high school student. the objective is to hav the student integrate with the family while being provided with residential accommodation and academic/personal support in a safe and supportive evironment while the student pursues his/her highschool education.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for entry into the Boarding Home Program, the student must meet the following criteria;

a.) The student must be a registered member of one of the Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC) First Nation:

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

Chipewyan Prairie First Nation

Fort McKay First Nation

Fort McMurray #468 First Nation

Post Secondary Education

The objective of the Post-Secondary Student Support Program is to provide financial support to ATC Treaty/Status students to gain access to post-secondary education and to graduate with the skills and competencies needed to pursue individual careers and to contribute to the advancement of First Nations self-governance and economuc self-reliance.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for support under the Student Support Program:

a.) The student must be of Treaty C-31 status and is a registered band member of one of the following First Nations:

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

Chipewyan Prairie First Nation

Fort McKay First Nation

Fort McMurray #468 First Nation

b.) The student must have been a resident in Canada for twelve consecutive months prior to the date of application.

c.) The student must have met university or college enterance requirements and have been enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an approved post-secondary institution for a certificate, diploma or degree.

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First Nations Education Documents

Following are some significant documents that provide background information about ATC First Nations education.

Indian Control of Indian Education (1972) by National Indian Brotherhood. The Federal Government accepted this document as federal education policy in 1972.

Tradition and Education: Towards a Vision of Our Future (1988) by the Assembly of First Nations. This declaration is a result of the National Review of First Nations Education, a major study of First Nations education in Canada.

Treaty No. 8 (1899). Reprinted by the Government of Canada Queen’s Printer. An article deals with education of Indians.

Indian Act (1989). Printed by the Minister of Supply and Services Canada. Various sections relate to education of Indians.

Policy Statement on Native Education in Alberta (1987) by Alberta Education. The purpose of the policy is to encourage the involvement of Native people in the education of their children and to ensure that all students in Alberta are provided with curricular materials that give a balanced and positive view of Native people.

ATC Regional Education Conference Report (1 998) by the ATC Education Committee. This report summarizes the comments of participants at the 1998 Education Conference. As well, background information on the ATC Education Committee is provided.

If you would like to find out more information about these documents please call your local education contact or the ATC Education Director at (780) 791-6538.