"As the Conservative government tabled a sweeping reform of First Nations education Thursday, the Kahnawake Mohawks said they haven’t once been consulted about changes that will affect teaching inside their territory.
Furthermore, the reserve’s band council claims it has attempted for months to contact the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) about the proposed education bill and has been met with “radio silence.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his government would table the First Nations Education Act in a ceremony alongside AFN National Chief Sean Atleo on Feb. 7. At the time, federal Aboriginal Affairs minister Bernard Valcourt told reporters the bill came after “unprecedented levels” of consultation with Canada’s aboriginal peoples.
But First Nations groups across Quebec, including the AFN’s own Quebec-Labrador branch, say they haven’t been privy to discussions about the bill and that Atleo has no authority to negotiate with Ottawa on their behalf. (…)”