The 2018 BC Tripartite Education Agreement (BCTEA) includes commitment by BC, Canada and FNESC to an innovative approach to ensuring adequate and appropriate transportation services for First Nations students who attend public schools. BCTEA introduces new tools such as Joint Transportation Plans and the targeting of transportation funding to ensure that First Nations students receive the transportation services they need.
Joint First Nation Student Transportation Plans
Through BCTEA, Boards of Education and First Nations are required to work together to develop Joint First Nation Student Transportation Plans for First Nation students living on-reserve who attend BC public schools. The Plans are to include strategies to address various modes of transportation, such as walking, driving, bussing, ferry or water taxi, depending on local needs, as well as transportation to extracurricular activities.
To support First Nations and Boards of Education, a set of documents and templates were distributed by email to School Boards and First Nations in early February 2019.
- BCTEA Transportation Letter, Feb. 1, 2019
- Attachment A Guiding Principles for Joint Transportation Plans
- Attachment B Submission Requirements
- Attachment C Transportation Service Worksheet
To provide further support to First Nations and school districts in the process of developing their Joint Transportation Plans, the Parties have compiled and answered the questions raised in the following document: BCTEA Joint First Nations Student Transportation Plans Q&A.
Signed Joint Transportation Plans were due by April 5, 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Nation Student Transportation Fund
Beginning in the 2019/20 school year, a First Nation Student Transportation Fund will support the transportation of First Nations students to public schools. This funding will flow from Canada to BC, and BC will then allocate the fund to school districts by way of a special purpose grant.
This is not new funding; rather, it is existing funding that will now be targeted to ensure it is only used to address the transportation needs of First Nations students attending BC public schools. According to BCTEA Schedule G (2.2), the base amount for the First Nation Student Transportation Fund for the 2019/20 School Year will be equivalent to the amount of the Student Location Factor that Canada pays to BC in the Operating Grant Manual in the 2018/19 School Year, paid by Canada for First Nation Students. Consistent with Schedule G (3.6), other transportation- related factors that Canada pays to BC will be included (e.g., Transportation Supplement).
A Tripartite Transportation Committee will be assessing the Joint Transportation Plans and School Boards will be required to report on the spending through audited financial statements. FNESC is a member of the Tripartite Committee.
- See BCTEA Schedule G – Transportation for details about the transportation commitments.
- For questions about the Joint Plan submission requirements, please contact Caroline Ponsford at email@example.com.
- Go to the BCTEA homepage
There are no scheduled events.
Past events have included Accountability Strategy Sessions to Support First Nations Students for First Nations without LEAs (March – April 2019) and Provincial Meeting on LEAs and Transportation for First Nations with LEAs (April 15, 2019)