December 15, 2010 - The recent Tlicho Aboriginal Student Achievement (ASA) Regional Forum in Behchoko was a great opportunity for community leaders and youth to get together and share their ideas on how to improve academic performance among Aboriginal students in school.
“In order for us to succeed, we need to listen to the needs and concerns of the youth,” says Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Jackson Lafferty. “With their input and enthusiasm, we will build a stronger education system and better future. I look forward to hearing from more students and leaders in the remaining regions.”
During the meeting, Tlicho Grand Chief Alphonse Apples emphasized that education and culture are equally important in the school system. “Education must have a focus on teaching both the Tlicho and English languages, if students are to be strong like two people. I look forward to working closely with the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment to ensure that Tlicho youth are educated in both languages,” he says.
“The ASA Meeting in Behchoko identified the supports needed and outlined a support network to close the gap,” says Mr. Ted Blondin, Chair of the Tlicho Community Services Agency Board. “We now need to work with other jurisdictions to close the gap; these initiatives cost money and partnerships are needed.”
The forum also featured two presentations. Mr. Jim Martin, CEO of the Tlicho Community Services Agency, spoke on the unique history and structure of education and health governance in the Tlicho, and the Community Action Research Team showed the community development approach to health and educational issues in the region.
The next regional meeting is scheduled for January 5-7, 2011 in the Dehcho region. Aboriginal, community, and educational leaders will gather in Fort Simpson to address the education issues in their communities, and to discuss the four ASA Priorities.
Through initiatives such as the Aboriginal Student Achievement Regional Forums, the Government of the Northwest Territories is taking action to enhance education and develop healthy, educated residents, as envisioned in the 16th Legislative Assembly’s Northerners Working Together plan.
For more information, contact:
Public Affairs Officer
Education, Culture and Employment
Phone: (867) 920-3059