New Aboriginal Education Policy in the Works
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George School Board has voted to rescind Policy 1231 – School District 57’s Aboriginal Education Board.
The decision was made a last night’s public meeting and the Board’s Policy and Governance Committee says it will be drafting a new policy that will address issues raised by staff, parents and community stakeholders.
The Aboriginal Education Board – Policy 1231 – was created in 2011 but disbanded due to poor attendance in October 2014.
Tribal Chief Terry Teegee of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council decried the move at three Board meetings last year and called for its resurrection.
Those calls fell on deaf ears which prompted Teegee’s organization to hire legal counsel to look into the matter (Neither Teegee nor the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council have commented publicly since).
School Board chair Tim Bennett says after the decision was made to disband the Aboriginal Education Board an Aboriginal education committee was created which includes representatives from local First Nations, the Metis Association, and parents. They’ve provided advice to the District on how to spend targeted Aboriginal funds in support of Aboriginal students.
“When receiving the feedback the Policy and Governance Committee looked at it very carefully and determined that we can’t put the new structure of the Aboriginal Committee into the old policy regarding the Aboriginal Board – it was messy and it made the most sense to create a new policy that will outline the role of the committee and provide clear terms of reference and mandate,” he said.
“So, rather than trying to take something that already existed, the recommendation was to rescind that policy, and that hopefully allows the committee and senior administration to draft something that will better represent what the District is trying to do and help ensure the Aboriginal Committee recognizes they are a critical stakeholder in School District 57.”
Bennett says “he wouldn’t be surprised” if the new policy is brought out for consultation before the end of this school year.