The partnership focuses on a better understanding of our shared history, the Mi`kmaw and inherent Aboriginal rights, peace and friendship treaties as historic and living agreements, and the importance of strengthening the relationship between Mi`kmaq and all Nova Scotians. What drives interest in the Nova Scotia model is the work of Mi`kmaw Kina`matnewey, the Department of Education, which distributes $40 million in federal grants to its member communities each year – and the efforts of the local communities themselves. It is significant that the tripartite agreement recognizes the role of the educational authority, which is to help local group schools make languages and other cultural programmes and activities available. With a mi`kmaw-focused pedagogical pedagogy, schools want to involve students in a successful educational experience. In 2010-11, Mi`kmaw Kina`matnewey reported a 75 per cent success rate for students in the system, up from 70 per cent two years earlier and almost on an equal footing with Nova Scotia as a whole. Agreement means the agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in Canadian law and the Mi`kmaq Bands in Nova Scotia with respect to education, signed on February 14, 1997. (Convention) „Treaty education is an important way to increase cultural awareness and understanding in our province,“ said Prime Minister Stephen McNeil, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. „I am pleased that this agreement continues as part of our commitment to inform Nova Scotians of the rights of the Mi`kmaw Treaty and our shared history.“ As part of the recently renewed agreement, the department is offering teachers in the Mi`kmaw Kina`matnewey system the same professional development that is available free of charge to those in the provincial system. At the request of Mi`kmaw Kina`matnewey, concerned about the improvement of the school, the department shared provincial tests for classes 3, 6 and 9 so that local Mi`kmaw schools could assess the performance of their students. The results are shared privately with participating Mi`kmaw schools. As part of this agreement, we will continue to control our own education for our communities, we will continue to focus on revitalizing our language and we will strive to take our students to the next level. „If we come together to celebrate MK`s success, we set an example for the country – and for the world,“ Bennett said after signing the funding agreement with 12 acclaimed Mi`kmaw leaders.
Recent efforts to fill this gap have been achieved through partnership agreements between Mi`kmaw Kina`matnewey and the Nova Scotia Department of Education. Thanks to a renewed five-year education agreement between the Ministry of Early Childhood Education and Development and the Mi`kmaw Kina`matnewey communities, Mi`kmaw students attending public schools will continue to receive the programs and services they need to succeed. The agreement obliges the three partners to teach contract education in all classes and classes and ensures that Scots and the public service receive training on contractual relations. It continues the agreement signed on October 1, 2015, which had a five-year lifespan. The new memorandum does not have a deadline. Bear River, Paqtnkek and Glooscap First Nations joined the Agreement in 2005, 2011 and 2014, and almost 3,000 kindergarten students living on reserve, and approximately 500 post-secondary high school students are served each year by the Convention, Canada`s only self-administered education arrangement.