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2013-12-11 at 16:56

Education the key

By Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com
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Education is a critical issue for all communities in the Matawa traditional territory, says the area's Ring of Fire negotiator.

Bob Rae, also the former Liberal leader, was the keynote speaker Wednesday morning during Day 2 of Matawa First Nations' three-day education forum at the Valhalla Inn.

Rae said education is key for any economic development, not just the Ring of Fire, because people need to be ready for jobs.

"As we start with better education, more people have access to training and more people have access to jobs and better incomes," he said.

There are many issues that need to be addressed from early childhood education to getting broadband into First Nation communities and improving the governance of education.

Those will all lead to better results and as Matawa and the province grow closer to a framework agreement for the Ring of Fire, Rae said they can move forward on that project and have a chance to really talk about the education system and other issues that affect people directly.

Matawa education department manager Murray L. Waboose said they're at a crossroads right now having operated under a strategic plan for the last five years and looking to develop a new strategic plan for the next five years.

"Within that vision, we'll also look at how we can utilize the opportunities within the mining sector and also plan accordingly - look at how we can target our post-secondary students to have access to not just jobs within the resource sector, but also professional jobs, trades jobs," said Waboose.

They're also hoping to build relationships with industrial partners and institutions to improve scholarship programs.

"Looking forward, planning for the future - that's what this conference is ultimately about," said Waboose.

"This is a starting point to renew our five-year plan but work with the communities in a more direct and sophisticated (way)...We want the best for our students."

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moi says:
Many of us have said,for a very long time now..
"Education=Empowerment=Control of your own Destiny"

Nice to see FN's leaders come to the same conclusion, and given that the ROF is going to be delayed for @a decade,what a wonderful opportunity for the FN's to get a well educated,well prepared mega-workforce ready to handle whatever is called for,when the mining sector gets going.And it will happen..maybe just not as fast as we wish it would, but none the less, it'll go.
12/11/2013 6:32:05 PM
ring of fire dude says:
It seems that if the Chiefs and the Band Councillors would take a break from these conferences that they have every week there would be enough money to fund programs for the people back home in their communities .
12/11/2013 7:20:35 PM
tiredofit says:
Ah yes, the mighty Ring of Fire Dude knows all once again. This is a fantastic event and opportunity, especially given the Feds current attempt force their system down the throats of these individuals. Funny how they (the Feds) claim the consulted with all of the First Nations on the proposed education act, yet not one of them recall ever being spoken to about it.

It's nice to see the FN becoming more and more educated as time goes on. Seems the feds are afraid of them becoming fully education and finally learning how to defend themselves properly! More power to them. And don't give me that crap that they are trying to create a separate system, it's not, they simply want inclusion of their heritage, history and language into the curriculum, nothing more. No different than the Catholics wanting to teach their system.
12/13/2013 9:42:47 AM
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