GNWT appeals court decision

Yellowknife — July 26, 2019
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Today, the Government of the Northwest Territories officially filed notice of appeal to the Northwest Territories Court of Appeal of the recent decision in the matter of A.B., Commission Scolaire TN-O (CSFTNO) v. Minister of Education.

The decision now under appeal held that the Minister of Education must demonstrate consideration of the principles applicable to section 23 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms when considering exemptions to a directive governing the admission of non-rights holders to French schools.  The GNWT believes it is important to confirm and clarify the appropriate levels of discretion available. 

The GNWT will not be providing further comment on this matter while it is before the court.

“After a thorough and careful review of the decision, the Government of the Northwest Territories believes that an appeal to the NWT Court of Appeal is necessary. By filing the appeal, we expect to achieve further clarification on the requirements of government when considering exceptions to French language school admissions criteria.”

-Louis Sebert, Justice Minister and Attorney General


“Given that the GNWT’s appeal is not likely to be decided before the beginning of the school year, I will be reconsidering my previous decision as directed by the court. I will advise the Commission Scolaire and parents involved of my decision shortly.”

-Caroline Cochrane, Minister of Education Culture and Employment.



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Trista Haugland

Media and Communications Coordinator

Government of the Northwest Territories

Ph: 867-767-9140 ext. 11082