GNWT Announces New Regulations for Admission to French First Language Schools/

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Yellowknife — August 31, 2020

Today the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE), R.J. Simpson announced approved new regulations for admission to French First Language schools in the Northwest Territories (NWT).

The new regulations have been developed in consultation with education bodies, including the Commission scolaire francophone des Territoires du Nord-Ouest (CSFTNO), and come into effect immediately for the 2020-21 school year.

The new regulations include:

  • Greater clarity for the eligibility criteria for admission to a French First Language school;
  • A streamlined administrative process;
  • Delegation of responsibility for the administration of the admissions process to the CSFTNO;
  • A new ‘Francophile’ admission category that allows for enrolment of non-rights holder students whose parent(s) can demonstrate ability to speak French through an exam.

These regulations replace the previous Ministerial Directive on enrolment in French First Language Education repealed on June 30, 2020. 

These changes help to ensure the protection and promotion of the French language and will support the NWT Francophone community’s ability to remain strong.

 

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“We have worked with education bodies to establish new regulations for admission to French First Language education programs in the Northwest Territories. These new regulations will provide clarity and certainty for education bodies and the public regarding registration in French First Language schools”.
- R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

 

Quick Facts

  • The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) consulted with education bodies on the Commission scolaire francophone des Territoires du Nord-Ouest (CSFTNO) regulations to include the criteria by which the admission of non-rights holders to French First Language (FFL) education programs will be governed.
  • These regulatory amendments replace the recently repealed 2016 enrolment directive on French education to ensure clarity around future enrolment decisions. 

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Jaimee Kepa

Education, Culture and Employment

Government of the Northwest Territories

jaimee_kepa@gov.nt.ca