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Bill C-33 creates 'completely unacceptable situation': FSIN Chief Bellegarde

By Jason Warick, The StarPhoenix

Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Chief Perry Bellegarde is joining other chiefs in their opposition to a new federal education act for First Nations.

Bellegarde has concluded Bill C-33 – the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act – “fundamentally fails to address the five conditions set out by First Nations leaders from across the country,” he said Thursday in a news release.

"Bill C-33, as it stands, would create a system in which the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development has authority but no responsibility. First Nations, on the other hand, would have responsibility since they deliver education services, but no authority. That is a completely unacceptable situation,” Bellegarde said.

There is no recognition of inherent or Treaty rights to education, no recognition of First Nations jurisdiction, and no recognition of First Nations as a third order of government, he said.

According to the 2011 census results, 58 per cent of young adults living on reserves have not completed high school.

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