Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee with Rt. Honourable Paul Martin.  -- Photo by Barret Dokis

Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee with Rt. Honourable Paul Martin. — Photo by Barret Dokis

OJIBWAYS OF GARDEN RIVER – The Anishinabek Nation and the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative are partnering to make a difference in First Nation education.

The Rt. Honourable Paul Martin addressed the Anishinabek Nation Special Assembly at Garden River on Nov. 18 highlighting the shared principles and similar aspirations of the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative and the Anishinabek First Nations.

“First Nation schools are in a deficiency and sometimes lack programs and services that other students in Canada take for granted. As a result, First Nation student achievement is not what it can and should be,” Mr. Martin said.

To meet needs and fill the educational gaps for First Nation students and schools, Anishinabek educators and education specialists have developed the Anishinabek Education System.

Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee told the assembly of chiefs and education leaders that after unity of purpose, partnerships are the second most important requirement to achieve the educational goals of the Anishinabek Nation.

“I believe that together we can make a difference for Anishinabek student achievement now. The successful Model Schools Project at Kettle and Stony Point’s Hillside School, shows us that with the right partners and the right resources,  significant gains can be realized in a relatively short time,” said Grand Council Chief Madahbee.

“In addition to the negotiations with Canada and Ontario, we are striking partnerships to build capacity and carry-out projects on the ground to get momentum and build more success. With our leaders and partners working together to make gains in education, the Anishinabek Nation – Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative partnership is sure to be at the vanguard of First Nations’ education in Canada.”