If your First Nations community wishes to consider assuming jurisdiction over K-12 on-reserve education and join the negotiation process it must become a Negotiating First Nation (NFN).
In order to become a Negotiating First Nation you must:
- Pass a BCR to become an Interested First Nation (IFN). This will allow you to come to IFN meetings and receive updates on the negotiation process. Here is a template Band Council Resolution to become an IFN.
- Meet the required criteria to become an NFN.
- Pass a BCR to appoint an individual to negotiate jurisdiction agreements on behalf of your band. Here is template BCR to appoint the community’s jurisdiction coordinator/negotiator and set the mandate for negotiations.
If your First Nations community wishes to consider assuming jurisdiction over K-12 on-reserve education and join the negotiation process please contact the Jurisdiction Communications Coordinator for more information.
Who is already involved?
Four First Nations have completed the steps necessary to assume jurisdiction over their education systems and are now Participating First Nations (PFNs):
The following 13 First Nations are Negotiating First Nations:
- Cowichan Tribes
- Lil’wat Nation
- Seabird Island Band
Besides these four First Nations, there are four more First Nations who are on track to become PFNs in July 2023:
- Canim Lake Band
- Ditidaht First Nation
- Squamish First Nation
- Tse-Shaht First Nation
In addition to the these Nation listed above, there are approximately an additional 40 First Nations who are involved and receive updates and are invited to meetings to discuss the initiative.