Aboriginal education has been a part of the work of CMEC since it was made a priority by ministers of education in 2004.
Since that time, CMEC has:
- undertaken significant work in support of Aboriginal education data collection and analysis;
- created a best-practices database for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit education;
- begun work on teacher training as it relates to Aboriginal education; and
- established an ongoing dialogue with national Aboriginal organizations (NAOs) and the federal government on a variety of Aboriginal education issues.
CMEC has also been the catalyst for several unprecedented national events:
- In February 2009, the CMEC Summit on Aboriginal Education brought together ministers of education and Aboriginal affairs, national and regional Aboriginal organizations, federal government representatives, and other stakeholders to discuss issues related to Aboriginal education.
- In December 2011, CMEC hosted the Educators’ Forum on Aboriginal Education, which gathered educators and researchers from across the country to engage in face‐to‐face dialogue, exchange ideas with their colleagues and peers, and network on Aboriginal early childhood and K–12 education.
- Most recently, in June 2015, CMEC held the CMEC Aboriginal Educators’ Symposium in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The aim of the symposium was to provide a forum for Aboriginal educators to discuss, based on their own personal experiences, how best to attract more Aboriginal people to teaching careers, encourage existing Aboriginal educators to remain in the profession, support Aboriginal students entering the field of education, and support all Aboriginal educators in their training and career development.
Education ministers are currently implementing an updated plan of work on Aboriginal education. For more details, click on CMEC Aboriginal Education Plan 2015–2017.