Legislation > Box 78 – Row 1 > Supporting First Nations’ exercise of jurisdiction over education

Legislative changes to teacher certification and regulation brought forward have been co-developed with the First Nations Education Steering Committee, acting under the direction of the First Nations engaged in the initiative.

Education can and must play a key role in reconciliation and in creating a future of equity and justice in British Columbia. Legislative changes introduced will support First Nations in the certification and regulation of teachers who work in schools under their jurisdiction, and will enable the Province to provide operational support. In addition, changes to the composition of the British Columbia Teachers’ Council will ensure the soon to be created First Nations Education Authority is represented and able to participate in establishing certification, conduct and competence standards for provincial teaching certificate holders. These changes will lead to improved outcomes for Indigenous students.

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