Minister Jackson Lafferty to lead National Initiative on Aboriginal Education

Jul 16 2013

YELLOWKNIFE (July 16, 2013) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty was asked by his ministerial colleagues to assume the lead role for improving Aboriginal education in Canada during the Council for Ministers of Education (CMEC) meeting held in Iqaluit this month.

“I am very pleased to assume this important role and thank my colleagues for their support and confidence,” said Minister Lafferty. “This file is very important to me and to the North.  We have already broken national ground with the development of the Residential Schools curriculum in partnership with the Legacy of Hope and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  I am confident as a group of strong, dedicated Ministers we can accomplish much more for our peoples to ensure their success both as Aboriginals and Canadians.”

Over the coming weeks Minister Lafferty will work with his CMEC team to set goals and create a work plan designed to make improvements to the education success of Aboriginal peoples across Canada.  Minister Lafferty will also be working closely with national Aboriginal organizations and education bodies to ensure the work is accomplished in an inclusive and collaborative manner.

A copy of the full communiqué from the July meeting can be found on the CMEC website.

For more information:

Jacqueline McKinnon
Manager, Public Affairs
Department of Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel:         (867) 920-6222