A Participating First Nation (PFN) is any First Nation that has signed and
ratified its own Canada-First Nation Education Jurisdiction Agreement with
signed onto the BC First Nation Education Agreement.
Click here for “Participating First Nations” (14 Negotiating First Nations).
A PFN will be able to:
• make and administer laws applicable on First Nation Lands, through its
Band Council and the First Nation Law Making Protocol;
• act through its Band Council in carrying out its education related
duties, functions and obligations;
• establish a Community Education Authority (CEA) to operate, administer
manage the education system for the PFN, and set out the
powers, duties, composition and membership of the CEA;
• establish a CEA jointly with other First Nations
that have appointed directors to the First Nation Education Authority (FNEA);
• designate a First Nation Language Authority on whose recommendation BC
will recognize programs of study in the PFN’s language
as fulfilling the requirement for a second language credit as part of the graduation
Band Councils will be able to:
• exercise the capacity, rights, powers and privileges of the PFN in relation
to education; and
• make laws in accordance with the First Nation Law Making Protocol – which
sets out procedures for the passage/amendment of First Nation Education Laws.
The power of the PFN to make laws in relation to standards
for curriculum and exams for graduation requirements, and the certification
of teachers and PFN operated schools can only be exercised
after an Education Co-Management Agreement is signed between the PFN and the
Click here for a list of Interested First
Nations who have signed a BCR indicating that it wishes to enter into a Canada-First
Nation Education Jurisdiction Agreement with Canada.