Have Your Say - Education Act Modernization

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Yellowknife — March 23, 2021

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is inviting residents of the Northwest Territories (NWT) to have their say on the modernization of the NWT Education Act.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) wants to hear from all members of the public on how the JK-12 education system can better meet the needs of students across the Northwest Territories. To participate, please click here: Have Your Say – Education Act Modernization.

Updating the legislative framework for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 (JK-12) education is one way the GNWT is working to increase student education outcomes to the same level as the rest of Canada. Updating the Education Act will allow us to build on what is working well, and make improvements where necessary to ensure our education system provides equitable access to education and increase opportunities for student success.

This engagement will inform proposals for improvements and changes to the Education Act. The findings will be reported back to the public in the late summer 2021.


“Modernizing the Education Act is an essential first step to improving education outcomes for NWT students. I look forward to hearing from our residents, education leaders, Indigenous governments, Elders, teachers, parents and students about how we can design an education system that meets the needs of our students and communities now and into the future.”

- R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Quick facts

  • A number of initiatives are underway to help improve student outcomes as part of the 10-year Education Renewal and Innovation Framework, as well the recently released Action Plan to Improve Student Outcomes.
  • The goal of modernizing the Education Act is to ensure that system wide improvements to the education system can occur as part of these broader efforts.

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Christina Carrigan

Manager, Public Affairs and Communications

Education, Culture and Employment

Government of the Northwest Territories