Definitions

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Band Council Resolution (BCR) -The authority mechanism by which the elected representatives of a Band Council authorize an action.

Community Education Authority (CEA) – a legally constituted entity established by the Participating First Nation to operate its educational system.

Education (as defined in the BC First Nation Agreement) – the provision of an educational program, as defined in the School Act, to children of school age, as defined in the School Act

Education (as defined in the Canada First Nation Jurisdiction Agreement) – education programs and services of a nature generally provided to students enrolled in K-12

Education Co-Management Agreement – the agreement entered into between the Participating First Nation and the First Nation Education Authority

Education Jurisdiction Funding Agreement – a funding agreement entered into between the Participating First Nation and Canada

Federal Enabling Legislation – the legislation enacted by Canada providing a process for bringing this Agreement into legal force and effect

First Nation Education Authority (FNEA) – the legally constituted entity established by federal statute to provide education services to Participating First Nations

First Nations Education Standards -the educational program standards established by the First Nation Education Authority in respect of Participating First Nations Schools

First Nation Education Law – a law passed by the Participating First Nation with respect to the operation of schools under the jurisdiction of the Participating First Nation

First Nation Education Law Making Protocol – a protocol adopted by the Participating First Nation in accordance with this Agreement

First Nations School Certification Process – the process and requirements set out and used by the First Nation Education Authority to certify schools operated by Participating First Nations

Interested First Nation – a First Nation whose First Nation Council has passed a band council resolution indicating that it wishes to enter into a Canada-First Nation Education Jurisdiction Agreement with Canada

Participating First Nation (PFN) – any First Nation that has ratified and signed a Canada-First Nation Jurisdiction Agreement with Canada and that has become a signatory to the BC First Nation Agreement

Participating First Nations School – a school operated by a Participating First Nation, or a Community Education Authority established for that purpose, on First Nation Land

Provincial Enabling Legislation – the legislation enacted by BC which, among other matters, recognizes PFN’s Jurisdiction over education as set out in Canada – First Nation Education Jurisdiction Agreements

Reciprocal Tuition Arrangement – Under the Reciprocal Tuition arrangement, Participating First Nations (PFNs) are obligated to pay public school boards for students from PFNs who are enrolled in public schools. In turn, the province of BC is obligated to pay Community Education Authorities (CEAs) for students who live off reserve or on leased lands off reserve, and are enrolled in an educational program from the CEA, as long as the student qualifies for provincial education funding. Tuition rates will be determined by the provincial per student rates in the applicable region or school district

Acronyms

AANDC = Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
AFN = Assembly of First Nations
BCCT = BC College of Teachers
BCTC = BC Teachers’ Council
BCTF = BC Teachers’ Federation
BCR = Band Council Resolution
CEA = Community Education Authority
FNEA = First Nations Education Authority
FNESC = First Nations Education Steering Committee
FNS = First Nations Summit
FNSA = First Nations Schools Association
MOE = BC Ministry of Education
PFN = Participating First Nation
UBCIC = Union of BC Indian Chiefs