Nipissing's Fran Couchie eyes more education act details

An aboriginal education director in the north says she's cautiously optimistic about changes to the First Nations Education Act.
Children take part in a protest calling for equal education for First Nations in this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo taken on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

An aboriginal education director in the north says she's cautiously optimistic about changes to the First Nations Education Act.

But the Nipissing First Nation’s Fran Couchie said more details are needed to know whether the changes would make a difference.

Last week, the prime minister announced a new education plan for First Nations communities. The revision includes an increase in funding and allows First Nations more control over schooling.

Couchie said she'll be keeping a close eye on Tuesday’s federal budget to see if any details are included.

"It will be really interesting for us to see whether any of … this money he's referencing shows up … in this budget. We've been trying to operate with a two per cent cap since 1996,” she said.

Couchie added the Nipissing First Nation isn't satisfied with the status quo.

She said she's pleased the topic is being addressed, and looks forward to things moving forward.

“From what the Prime Minister was saying … he's talking about the government being ready and willing to move forward in partnership with First Nations."

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