The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is working to modernize the Education Act. Education Act modernization is one part of the Government’s work to increase student education outcomes to the same level as the rest of Canada.
The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) held a 3.5-month public engagement period to hear from residents about how the Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 (JK-12) education system can best meet the needs of students across the Northwest Territories.
ECE is at the early stages of the process to modernize the Education Act. While this current engagement period has ended, ECE will engage with the public again when a legislative proposal has been developed.
Engagement feedback from March 15, 2021 to June 30, 2021
Results under review
Have Your Say
This engagement period has now closed.
NWT residents were able to participate in this conversation by completing surveys, emailing ECE their views, speaking one-on-one with ECE staff, and participating in virtual town hall meetings.
Over the 3.5 months of public engagement, hundreds of people provided their ideas and views about the education system and the future of the Education Act.
- More than 600 surveys were completed.
- ECE held more than 40 online meetings with a combination of Indigenous Governments, educators and education administrators, graduates of the JK-12 system, and members of the public.
- ECE also received written submissions from several organizations and residents throughout the territory who wanted to have their views heard.
The views and opinions of current and former students, parents, Elders, Indigenous Governments and organizations, education staff and administrators, communities, and the public are critical for ECE to build the values, expectations and opportunities of NWT residents into a 21st century education system. Feedback received during the public engagement will be used to develop a legislative proposal for a new or amended Education Act that reflects the priorities, needs and aspirations of northerners for the NWT education system.
The process to modernize the Education Act is a multi-step and multi-year process. The steps for this process are seen here. With the public engagement period closed we are now working to develop a What We Heard Report.
- Education Act Modernization: Discussion Paper
- Education Act Modernization: Discussion Paper in Brief
- Education Act Modernization: Process Flyer
- NWT Education Renewal and Innovation Framework
- NWT Education Renewal and Innovation Framework 5-Year Evaluation
- Report of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada: Early Childhood to Grade 12 Education in the Northwest Territories
- Action Plan to Improve JK-12 Student Outcomes in the NWT
- Action tracker to monitor our progress on improving student outcomes