Education, Training and Youth Development

The Government of the Northwest Territories has made
22 commitments
under this theme.
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9
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Supporting quality early childhood development in collaboration with existing organizations
2.1.1
We will continue implementing Right from the Start to improve early childhood development, by:
 
Working with stakeholders and communities to ensure the territory has free play-based care for 4-year olds.
Background Note

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.1.1 – We will continue implementing Right from the Start to improve early childhood development, by:
Working with stakeholders and communities to ensure the territory has free play-based care for 4-year olds.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) continues to work in collaboration with the Department of Health and Social Services (HSS) to improve the healthy development of NWT children in their early years through the implementation of the Right from the Start Early Childhood Development Framework and the recently approved 3-year Action Plan (2017-2020).

The Framework reflects input through comprehensive public engagement. These activities included on-line surveys, regional meetings and focus groups, an Elders’ sharing circle, and a roundtable where we heard from experts, community leaders, and practitioners – many of whom were parents. Their opinions, expertise, and input helped craft the principles and guidelines for work going forward. All children, particularly those in early childhood, need a safe, nurturing, and healthy environment to reach their full potential. The Framework includes commitments and areas for action; to provide innovative, outreach programs and services for families and children, and ensure no one is left behind.

The 2017-2020 Early Childhood Development Action Plan was designed to build on the success of the previous action plans. It contains 19 areas for action, of these:

  • ECE is responsible for 5 actions;
  • HSS is responsible for 5 actions; and,
  • ECE and HSS are jointly responsible for 9 actions.

One of the GNWT’s 18th Assembly Mandate commitments is to provide quality early learning programming for four-year old children in all NWT communities (milestone 1 and 2). The territorial implementation of Junior Kindergarten beginning in the 2017-18 school year accomplished this mandate. Currently there are 26 schools that are offering full-day JK while 15 schools offer half-day JK.

Approximately $155 million is distributed through school contributions to Education Authorities, of which roughly $5.1 million is to assist with the implementation of JK. Over the past four school years, a total of $780,000 has been provided to Education Authorities as one-time funding to purchase play-based learning resources. In addition to school contributions, ECE has previously spent $500,000 and has committed $3.49 million over the next four years to complete renovations required for JK classrooms.

For the 2017-18 school year, a total of 8 renovations for the installation of age and size appropriate washrooms are required to be completed in various schools. In 6 schools, where washrooms are not yet completed, ECE is providing additional funding so that the school can hire an additional Educational Assistant to support JK students during the construction period. As well the Department will reimburse the cost of installing recommended child restraint seating for any Education Authorities deciding to offer JK bussing.

On October 1, 2016, a revised funding support model for licensed early childhood programs came into effect. These changes include a significant increase to funding for infant and special needs spaces to offset the higher staff costs for these groups. For licensed programs that have parent fees, this Early Childhood Program (ECP) funding is provided in addition to the fees charged per child to parents (milestone 2).

New administrative processes for licensed early childhood programs, including a simplified application process have been completed (milestone 1). Effective April 01, 2017, licensing and funding applications were consolidated into a single application form with the possibility of multi-year funding agreements (milestone 2). This was reduced from the previous 4-5 applications.

Related Mandate Commitments:

Commitment 3.6.2 - We will improve the accessibility, affordability and inclusivity of childcare in the NWT to allow all children aged zero to five to experience an enriching, quality early learning environment by:

  • Supporting the creation of new childcare spaces and programs in all communities.
  • Ensuring the sustainability of existing early childhood development programs.
Introduce Bill to amend the Education Act
Implement Junior Kindergarten in all NWT communities
 
Revising the funding support model for licensed early childhood programs.
Background Note

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.1.1 – We will continue implementing Right from the Start to improve early childhood development, by:
Revising the funding support model for licensed early childhood programs.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) continues to work in collaboration with the Department of Health and Social Services (HSS) to improve the healthy development of NWT children in their early years through the implementation of the Right from the Start Early Childhood Development Framework and the recently approved 3-year Action Plan (2017-2020).

The Framework reflects input through comprehensive public engagement. These activities included on-line surveys, regional meetings and focus groups, an Elders’ sharing circle, and a roundtable where we heard from experts, community leaders, and practitioners – many of whom were parents. Their opinions, expertise, and input helped craft the principles and guidelines for work going forward. All children, particularly those in early childhood, need a safe, nurturing, and healthy environment to reach their full potential. The Framework includes commitments and areas for action; to provide innovative, outreach programs and services for families and children, and ensure no one is left behind.

The 2017-2020 Early Childhood Development Action Plan was designed to build on the success of the previous action plans. It contains 19 areas for action, of these:

  • ECE is responsible for 5 actions;
  • HSS is responsible for 5 actions; and,
  • ECE and HSS are jointly responsible for 9 actions.

One of the GNWT’s 18th Assembly Mandate commitments is to provide quality early learning programming for four-year old children in all NWT communities (milestone 1 and 2). The territorial implementation of Junior Kindergarten beginning in the 2017-18 school year accomplished this mandate. Currently there are 26 schools that are offering full-day JK while 15 schools offer half-day JK.

Approximately $155 million is distributed through school contributions to Education Authorities, of which roughly $5.1 million is to assist with the implementation of JK. Over the past four school years, a total of $780,000 has been provided to Education Authorities as one-time funding to purchase play-based learning resources. In addition to school contributions, ECE has previously spent $500,000 and has committed $3.49 million over the next four years to complete renovations required for JK classrooms.

For the 2017-18 school year, a total of 8 renovations for the installation of age and size appropriate washrooms are required to be completed in various schools. In 6 schools, where washrooms are not yet completed, ECE is providing additional funding so that the school can hire an additional Educational Assistant to support JK students during the construction period. As well the Department will reimburse the cost of installing recommended child restraint seating for any Education Authorities deciding to offer JK bussing.

On October 1, 2016, a revised funding support model for licensed early childhood programs came into effect. These changes include a significant increase to funding for infant and special needs spaces to offset the higher staff costs for these groups. For licensed programs that have parent fees, this Early Childhood Program (ECP) funding is provided in addition to the fees charged per child to parents (milestone 2).

New administrative processes for licensed early childhood programs, including a simplified application process have been completed (milestone 1). Effective April 01, 2017, licensing and funding applications were consolidated into a single application form with the possibility of multi-year funding agreements (milestone 2). This was reduced from the previous 4-5 applications.

Related Mandate Commitments:

Commitment 3.6.2 - We will improve the accessibility, affordability and inclusivity of childcare in the NWT to allow all children aged zero to five to experience an enriching, quality early learning environment by:

  • Supporting the creation of new childcare spaces and programs in all communities.
  • Ensuring the sustainability of existing early childhood development programs.
Simplify administration of licensed early childhood programs
Implement changes to funding model for licensed early childhood programs
 
Strengthening licensed early childhood programs through improving resource materials and increased training for early childhood workers.
Background Note

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.1.1 – We will continue implementing Right from the Start to improve early childhood development, by:
Strengthening licensed early childhood programs through improving resource materials and increased training for early childhood workers.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) continues to work in collaboration with the Department of Health and Social Services (HSS) to improve the healthy development of NWT children in their early years through the implementation of the Right from the Start Early Childhood Development Framework and the recently approved 3-year Action Plan (2017-2020).

The Framework reflects input through comprehensive public engagement. These activities included on-line surveys, regional meetings and focus groups, an Elders’ sharing circle, and a roundtable where we heard from experts, community leaders, and practitioners – many of whom were parents. Their opinions, expertise, and input helped craft the principles and guidelines for work going forward. All children, particularly those in early childhood, need a safe, nurturing, and healthy environment to reach their full potential. The Framework includes commitments and areas for action; to provide innovative, outreach programs and services for families and children, and ensure no one is left behind.

The 2017-2020 Early Childhood Development Action Plan was designed to build on the success of the previous action plans. It contains 19 areas for action, of these:

  • ECE is responsible for 5 actions;
  • HSS is responsible for 5 actions; and,
  • ECE and HSS are jointly responsible for 9 actions.

One of the GNWT’s 18th Assembly Mandate commitments is to provide quality early learning programming for four-year old children in all NWT communities (milestone 1 and 2). The territorial implementation of Junior Kindergarten beginning in the 2017-18 school year accomplished this mandate. Currently there are 26 schools that are offering full-day JK while 15 schools offer half-day JK.

Approximately $155 million is distributed through school contributions to Education Authorities, of which roughly $5.1 million is to assist with the implementation of JK. Over the past four school years, a total of $780,000 has been provided to Education Authorities as one-time funding to purchase play-based learning resources. In addition to school contributions, ECE has previously spent $500,000 and has committed $3.49 million over the next four years to complete renovations required for JK classrooms.

For the 2017-18 school year, a total of 8 renovations for the installation of age and size appropriate washrooms are required to be completed in various schools. In 6 schools, where washrooms are not yet completed, ECE is providing additional funding so that the school can hire an additional Educational Assistant to support JK students during the construction period. As well the Department will reimburse the cost of installing recommended child restraint seating for any Education Authorities deciding to offer JK bussing.

On October 1, 2016, a revised funding support model for licensed early childhood programs came into effect. These changes include a significant increase to funding for infant and special needs spaces to offset the higher staff costs for these groups. For licensed programs that have parent fees, this Early Childhood Program (ECP) funding is provided in addition to the fees charged per child to parents (milestone 2).

New administrative processes for licensed early childhood programs, including a simplified application process have been completed (milestone 1). Effective April 01, 2017, licensing and funding applications were consolidated into a single application form with the possibility of multi-year funding agreements (milestone 2). This was reduced from the previous 4-5 applications.

Related Mandate Commitments:

Commitment 3.6.2 - We will improve the accessibility, affordability and inclusivity of childcare in the NWT to allow all children aged zero to five to experience an enriching, quality early learning environment by:

  • Supporting the creation of new childcare spaces and programs in all communities.
  • Ensuring the sustainability of existing early childhood development programs.
Provide a new comprehensive guide for front line early childhood workers
Develop and implement a training plan for early childhood workers
 
Improving access to and outcomes of early intervention services for children 0-5 by looking at the results of evaluating NWT rehabilitation services and by continuing pilot projects in the Dehcho, Tłı̨chǫ, and Beaufort Delta regions, along with territorial program design.
Background Note

COMMUNITY WELLNESS AND SAFETY

Commitment 2.1.1: We will implement the Right from the Start Framework to invest in early childhood development by:

  • Improving access to and outcomes of early intervention services for children 0-5 by looking at the results of evaluating NWT rehabilitation services and by continuing pilot projects in the Dehcho, Tłı̨chǫ, and Beaufort Delta regions, along with territorial program design.
  • Supporting parents with programs and supports to help ensure their children have a strong foundation.
  • Working with our partners to identify the need for any additional assessments for three and four-year-olds entering school, beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

 

The Department of Health and Social Services and the Department of Education, Culture and Employment continue to collaborate to complete the actions outlined in the Right from the Start 10 year framework and the ECD Action Plan for 2017 – 20 with the goal of improving early childhood development and supporting community wellness across the NWT.

The Department has completed a review of the Telespeech and Rehabilitation programs. The lessons learned from these evaluations will be used to implement changes and improve the delivery of these programs.

Currently all children in the NWT are assessed at age 3 years and at kindergarten entry (age 4-5 years) as per the NWT Community Health Nursing Program Standards and in accordance with the NWT Immunization schedule.

Review Rehab and Telespeech evaluation results
Begin implementing changes to Rehab and Telespeech service delivery (ongoing
Evaluate regional Early Intervention Pilot Projects
 
Supporting parents with programs and supports to help ensure their children have a strong foundation.
Background Note

COMMUNITY WELLNESS AND SAFETY

Commitment 2.1.1: We will implement the Right from the Start Framework to invest in early childhood development by:

  • Improving access to and outcomes of early intervention services for children 0-5 by looking at the results of evaluating NWT rehabilitation services and by continuing pilot projects in the Dehcho, Tłı̨chǫ, and Beaufort Delta regions, along with territorial program design.
  • Supporting parents with programs and supports to help ensure their children have a strong foundation.
  • Working with our partners to identify the need for any additional assessments for three and four-year-olds entering school, beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

 

The Department of Health and Social Services and the Department of Education, Culture and Employment continue to collaborate to complete the actions outlined in the Right from the Start 10 year framework and the ECD Action Plan for 2017 – 20 with the goal of improving early childhood development and supporting community wellness across the NWT.

The Department has completed a review of the Telespeech and Rehabilitation programs. The lessons learned from these evaluations will be used to implement changes and improve the delivery of these programs.

Currently all children in the NWT are assessed at age 3 years and at kindergarten entry (age 4-5 years) as per the NWT Community Health Nursing Program Standards and in accordance with the NWT Immunization schedule.

Interdepartmental collaboration to support community wellness initiatives on funding and expertise (ongoing
Host territorial and regional Early Childhood Development Forums
Release Early Childhood Framework 3-Year Action Plan
 
Working with our partners to identify the need for any additional assessments for 3 and 4-year-olds entering school, beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.
Background Note

COMMUNITY WELLNESS AND SAFETY

Commitment 2.1.1: We will implement the Right from the Start Framework to invest in early childhood development by:

  • Improving access to and outcomes of early intervention services for children 0-5 by looking at the results of evaluating NWT rehabilitation services and by continuing pilot projects in the Dehcho, Tłı̨chǫ, and Beaufort Delta regions, along with territorial program design.
  • Supporting parents with programs and supports to help ensure their children have a strong foundation.
  • Working with our partners to identify the need for any additional assessments for three and four-year-olds entering school, beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

 

The Department of Health and Social Services and the Department of Education, Culture and Employment continue to collaborate to complete the actions outlined in the Right from the Start 10 year framework and the ECD Action Plan for 2017 – 20 with the goal of improving early childhood development and supporting community wellness across the NWT.

The Department has completed a review of the Telespeech and Rehabilitation programs. The lessons learned from these evaluations will be used to implement changes and improve the delivery of these programs.

Currently all children in the NWT are assessed at age 3 years and at kindergarten entry (age 4-5 years) as per the NWT Community Health Nursing Program Standards and in accordance with the NWT Immunization schedule.

Consult with our partners in NTHSSA, TCSA, and HRHSSA to review existing assessments for children aged 3 and 4 yrs
Communicate the results of the review with relevant stakeholders
Increasing JK-12 support systems to improve educational outcomes.
2.2.1
We will implement the Education Renewal and Innovation Framework by:
 
Implementing the renewed K-12 Inclusive Schooling Directive which provides greater direction on roles and responsibilities, increases the number of Program Support Teachers, increases emphasis on training, and increases accountability.
Background Note

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.2.1 – We will implement the Education Renewal and Innovation Framework by:
Implementing the renewed K-12 Inclusive Schooling Directive which provides greater direction on roles and responsibilities, increases the number of Program Support Teachers, increases emphasis on training, and increases accountability.

The overall objective of Education Renewal is to improve student achievement for all NWT students. This work is focused on four main areas:

  • Improving teacher and student wellness;
  • Strengthening teaching and learning;
  • Strengthening cultural programming and student sense of identity; and
  • Increasing system-wide accountability and results.

Education Renewal initiatives currently underway include:

In the 2016-17 school year, the renewed Ministerial Directive on Inclusive Schooling (2016) was implemented (milestone 1) including the gradual implementation of the new funding structure which supports the increase of Program Support teachers in all schools over a three year period and significant training of school staff through on-going professional learning opportunities.

Following the establishment of bullying prevention legislation in 2013, in the 2016-2017 school year, the implementation of Safe School regulations and a territorial school Code of Conduct began, leading to the establishment of Safe School Plans in each NWT school. In addition, there is delivery of healthy relationships programming in all NWT schools, including staff training for teachers and school principals.

The renewal of the Aboriginal Language and Culture-Based Education (ALCBE) Directive is currently underway with the anticipated revised Directive to be completed by the end of the 2017-2018 school year with implementation beginning in the fall of 2018. The renewed Directive will focus on enhancing support for language instruction, connect school programs to the priorities of the community, and direct funding and reporting expectations (milestone 1).

Development of a new NWT Grades JK-9 Indigenous Languages Curriculum called Our Languages was completed in the 2016-2017 school year and is currently being piloted in several schools across the NWT during the 2017-2018 school year.

Since the 2016-17 school year, all NWT schools are implementing the Elders in Schools program.

An Accountability Framework for Education Authorities was established in December of 2016, in collaboration with Superintendents (milestone 1). The Accountability Cycle includes Annual Reports and Operating Plans for each school year to be tabled in February. Annual reports are submitted as part of the Audited Financial Statement document submitted by Education Authorities, which includes a Management Analysis.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is currently developing a new pathways high school structure which sets out to better support individual student course selection and high school experiences that better align with student interests, academic abilities and career goals in preparation for post-secondary education and/or the labour force. To be implemented for grade 9 students beginning in the 2019-2020 school year (milestone 1).

Improving health and wellness in all schools continues to be a priority for ECE, and current support in this area includes the implementation of self-regulation strategies in schools, providing access to an online teacher mental wellness program to all NWT educators, as well as number of online courses, and providing annual funding to all NWT schools for healthy and nutritious eating programs.

There has been an expansion of Northern Distance Learning, providing academic Grades 10-12 courses to NWT small community school students. Currently 6 small community schools are partnered with Inuvik’s East Three School to offer distance learning courses (milestone 1). The Department wishes to expand the participation of small community schools by at least 4 more small community schools in the 2018-2019 school year, and 4 or more schools during the 2019-2020 school year (milestone 2).

ECE has commissioned a planning study on options for shared service administration and potential savings across NWT Education Authorities, including an assessment of administration, human resources, information technology, facilities and asset management/maintenance, and financial management. The final report for the Education Authorities Shared Services Planning Study will be presented to the Steering Committee and Education Authorities in the fall of 2017. The report and the government response to the recommendations will be released to Education Authorities in the spring of 2018 for review (milestone 2).

Related Mandate Commitments:

Commitment 2.1.1: We will implement the Right from the Start Framework to invest in early childhood development by:

  • Working with stakeholders and communities to explore options for free, play-based care for 4-year-olds
  • Revising the funding support model for licensed early childhood programs
  • Strengthening licensed early childhood programs through improving resource materials and increased training for early childhood workers

Commitment 3.6.2 - We will improve the accessibility, affordability and inclusivity of childcare in the NWT to allow all children aged zero to five to experience an enriching, quality early learning environment by:

  • Supporting the creation of new childcare spaces and programs in all communities
  • Ensuring the sustainability of existing early childhood development programs

Commitment 4.5.4 - We will build youth resiliency in schools by supporting school staff in using self-regulation instructional practices.

Implement Inclusive Schooling programming
Implement Accountability Framework for Education Bodies
 
Implementing a renewed Aboriginal Language and Culture-based Education Directive in order to strengthen the role of schools in supporting Aboriginal language development and culture in programming.
Background Note

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.2.1 – We will implement the Education Renewal and Innovation Framework by:
Implementing a renewed Aboriginal Language and Culture-based Education Directive in order to strengthen the role of schools in supporting Aboriginal language development and culture in programming.

The overall objective of Education Renewal is to improve student achievement for all NWT students. This work is focused on four main areas:

  • Improving teacher and student wellness;
  • Strengthening teaching and learning;
  • Strengthening cultural programming and student sense of identity; and
  • Increasing system-wide accountability and results.

Education Renewal initiatives currently underway include:

In the 2016-17 school year, the renewed Ministerial Directive on Inclusive Schooling (2016) was implemented (milestone 1) including the gradual implementation of the new funding structure which supports the increase of Program Support teachers in all schools over a three year period and significant training of school staff through on-going professional learning opportunities.

Following the establishment of bullying prevention legislation in 2013, in the 2016-2017 school year, the implementation of Safe School regulations and a territorial school Code of Conduct began, leading to the establishment of Safe School Plans in each NWT school. In addition, there is delivery of healthy relationships programming in all NWT schools, including staff training for teachers and school principals.

The renewal of the Aboriginal Language and Culture-Based Education (ALCBE) Directive is currently underway with the anticipated revised Directive to be completed by the end of the 2017-2018 school year with implementation beginning in the fall of 2018. The renewed Directive will focus on enhancing support for language instruction, connect school programs to the priorities of the community, and direct funding and reporting expectations (milestone 1).

Development of a new NWT Grades JK-9 Indigenous Languages Curriculum called Our Languages was completed in the 2016-2017 school year and is currently being piloted in several schools across the NWT during the 2017-2018 school year.

Since the 2016-17 school year, all NWT schools are implementing the Elders in Schools program.

An Accountability Framework for Education Authorities was established in December of 2016, in collaboration with Superintendents (milestone 1). The Accountability Cycle includes Annual Reports and Operating Plans for each school year to be tabled in February. Annual reports are submitted as part of the Audited Financial Statement document submitted by Education Authorities, which includes a Management Analysis.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is currently developing a new pathways high school structure which sets out to better support individual student course selection and high school experiences that better align with student interests, academic abilities and career goals in preparation for post-secondary education and/or the labour force. To be implemented for grade 9 students beginning in the 2019-2020 school year (milestone 1).

Improving health and wellness in all schools continues to be a priority for ECE, and current support in this area includes the implementation of self-regulation strategies in schools, providing access to an online teacher mental wellness program to all NWT educators, as well as number of online courses, and providing annual funding to all NWT schools for healthy and nutritious eating programs.

There has been an expansion of Northern Distance Learning, providing academic Grades 10-12 courses to NWT small community school students. Currently 6 small community schools are partnered with Inuvik’s East Three School to offer distance learning courses (milestone 1). The Department wishes to expand the participation of small community schools by at least 4 more small community schools in the 2018-2019 school year, and 4 or more schools during the 2019-2020 school year (milestone 2).

ECE has commissioned a planning study on options for shared service administration and potential savings across NWT Education Authorities, including an assessment of administration, human resources, information technology, facilities and asset management/maintenance, and financial management. The final report for the Education Authorities Shared Services Planning Study will be presented to the Steering Committee and Education Authorities in the fall of 2017. The report and the government response to the recommendations will be released to Education Authorities in the spring of 2018 for review (milestone 2).

Related Mandate Commitments:

Commitment 2.1.1: We will implement the Right from the Start Framework to invest in early childhood development by:

  • Working with stakeholders and communities to explore options for free, play-based care for 4-year-olds
  • Revising the funding support model for licensed early childhood programs
  • Strengthening licensed early childhood programs through improving resource materials and increased training for early childhood workers

Commitment 3.6.2 - We will improve the accessibility, affordability and inclusivity of childcare in the NWT to allow all children aged zero to five to experience an enriching, quality early learning environment by:

  • Supporting the creation of new childcare spaces and programs in all communities
  • Ensuring the sustainability of existing early childhood development programs

Commitment 4.5.4 - We will build youth resiliency in schools by supporting school staff in using self-regulation instructional practices.

Implement renewed ALCBE funding and accountability framework
 
Implementing a comprehensive accountability framework for the JK-12 education system with integrated program and financial reporting processes.
Background Note

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.2.1 – We will implement the Education Renewal and Innovation Framework by:
Implementing a comprehensive accountability framework for the JK-12 education system with integrated program and financial reporting processes.

The overall objective of Education Renewal is to improve student achievement for all NWT students. This work is focused on four main areas:

  • Improving teacher and student wellness;
  • Strengthening teaching and learning;
  • Strengthening cultural programming and student sense of identity; and
  • Increasing system-wide accountability and results.

Education Renewal initiatives currently underway include:

In the 2016-17 school year, the renewed Ministerial Directive on Inclusive Schooling (2016) was implemented (milestone 1) including the gradual implementation of the new funding structure which supports the increase of Program Support teachers in all schools over a three year period and significant training of school staff through on-going professional learning opportunities.

Following the establishment of bullying prevention legislation in 2013, in the 2016-2017 school year, the implementation of Safe School regulations and a territorial school Code of Conduct began, leading to the establishment of Safe School Plans in each NWT school. In addition, there is delivery of healthy relationships programming in all NWT schools, including staff training for teachers and school principals.

The renewal of the Aboriginal Language and Culture-Based Education (ALCBE) Directive is currently underway with the anticipated revised Directive to be completed by the end of the 2017-2018 school year with implementation beginning in the fall of 2018. The renewed Directive will focus on enhancing support for language instruction, connect school programs to the priorities of the community, and direct funding and reporting expectations (milestone 1).

Development of a new NWT Grades JK-9 Indigenous Languages Curriculum called Our Languages was completed in the 2016-2017 school year and is currently being piloted in several schools across the NWT during the 2017-2018 school year.

Since the 2016-17 school year, all NWT schools are implementing the Elders in Schools program.

An Accountability Framework for Education Authorities was established in December of 2016, in collaboration with Superintendents (milestone 1). The Accountability Cycle includes Annual Reports and Operating Plans for each school year to be tabled in February. Annual reports are submitted as part of the Audited Financial Statement document submitted by Education Authorities, which includes a Management Analysis.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is currently developing a new pathways high school structure which sets out to better support individual student course selection and high school experiences that better align with student interests, academic abilities and career goals in preparation for post-secondary education and/or the labour force. To be implemented for grade 9 students beginning in the 2019-2020 school year (milestone 1).

Improving health and wellness in all schools continues to be a priority for ECE, and current support in this area includes the implementation of self-regulation strategies in schools, providing access to an online teacher mental wellness program to all NWT educators, as well as number of online courses, and providing annual funding to all NWT schools for healthy and nutritious eating programs.

There has been an expansion of Northern Distance Learning, providing academic Grades 10-12 courses to NWT small community school students. Currently 6 small community schools are partnered with Inuvik’s East Three School to offer distance learning courses (milestone 1). The Department wishes to expand the participation of small community schools by at least 4 more small community schools in the 2018-2019 school year, and 4 or more schools during the 2019-2020 school year (milestone 2).

ECE has commissioned a planning study on options for shared service administration and potential savings across NWT Education Authorities, including an assessment of administration, human resources, information technology, facilities and asset management/maintenance, and financial management. The final report for the Education Authorities Shared Services Planning Study will be presented to the Steering Committee and Education Authorities in the fall of 2017. The report and the government response to the recommendations will be released to Education Authorities in the spring of 2018 for review (milestone 2).

Related Mandate Commitments:

Commitment 2.1.1: We will implement the Right from the Start Framework to invest in early childhood development by:

  • Working with stakeholders and communities to explore options for free, play-based care for 4-year-olds
  • Revising the funding support model for licensed early childhood programs
  • Strengthening licensed early childhood programs through improving resource materials and increased training for early childhood workers

Commitment 3.6.2 - We will improve the accessibility, affordability and inclusivity of childcare in the NWT to allow all children aged zero to five to experience an enriching, quality early learning environment by:

  • Supporting the creation of new childcare spaces and programs in all communities
  • Ensuring the sustainability of existing early childhood development programs

Commitment 4.5.4 - We will build youth resiliency in schools by supporting school staff in using self-regulation instructional practices.

Implement Accountability Framework for Education Bodies
 
Developing options to increase the approaches available to students that lead to graduation, to improve graduation rates, and to provide greater linkages to post-secondary schooling.
Background Note

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.2.1 – We will implement the Education Renewal and Innovation Framework by:
Developing options to increase the approaches available to students that lead to graduation, to improve graduation rates, and to provide greater linkages to post-secondary schooling.

The overall objective of Education Renewal is to improve student achievement for all NWT students. This work is focused on four main areas:

  • Improving teacher and student wellness;
  • Strengthening teaching and learning;
  • Strengthening cultural programming and student sense of identity; and
  • Increasing system-wide accountability and results.

Education Renewal initiatives currently underway include:

In the 2016-17 school year, the renewed Ministerial Directive on Inclusive Schooling (2016) was implemented (milestone 1) including the gradual implementation of the new funding structure which supports the increase of Program Support teachers in all schools over a three year period and significant training of school staff through on-going professional learning opportunities.

Following the establishment of bullying prevention legislation in 2013, in the 2016-2017 school year, the implementation of Safe School regulations and a territorial school Code of Conduct began, leading to the establishment of Safe School Plans in each NWT school. In addition, there is delivery of healthy relationships programming in all NWT schools, including staff training for teachers and school principals.

The renewal of the Aboriginal Language and Culture-Based Education (ALCBE) Directive is currently underway with the anticipated revised Directive to be completed by the end of the 2017-2018 school year with implementation beginning in the fall of 2018. The renewed Directive will focus on enhancing support for language instruction, connect school programs to the priorities of the community, and direct funding and reporting expectations (milestone 1).

Development of a new NWT Grades JK-9 Indigenous Languages Curriculum called Our Languages was completed in the 2016-2017 school year and is currently being piloted in several schools across the NWT during the 2017-2018 school year.

Since the 2016-17 school year, all NWT schools are implementing the Elders in Schools program.

An Accountability Framework for Education Authorities was established in December of 2016, in collaboration with Superintendents (milestone 1). The Accountability Cycle includes Annual Reports and Operating Plans for each school year to be tabled in February. Annual reports are submitted as part of the Audited Financial Statement document submitted by Education Authorities, which includes a Management Analysis.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is currently developing a new pathways high school structure which sets out to better support individual student course selection and high school experiences that better align with student interests, academic abilities and career goals in preparation for post-secondary education and/or the labour force. To be implemented for grade 9 students beginning in the 2019-2020 school year (milestone 1).

Improving health and wellness in all schools continues to be a priority for ECE, and current support in this area includes the implementation of self-regulation strategies in schools, providing access to an online teacher mental wellness program to all NWT educators, as well as number of online courses, and providing annual funding to all NWT schools for healthy and nutritious eating programs.

There has been an expansion of Northern Distance Learning, providing academic Grades 10-12 courses to NWT small community school students. Currently 6 small community schools are partnered with Inuvik’s East Three School to offer distance learning courses (milestone 1). The Department wishes to expand the participation of small community schools by at least 4 more small community schools in the 2018-2019 school year, and 4 or more schools during the 2019-2020 school year (milestone 2).

ECE has commissioned a planning study on options for shared service administration and potential savings across NWT Education Authorities, including an assessment of administration, human resources, information technology, facilities and asset management/maintenance, and financial management. The final report for the Education Authorities Shared Services Planning Study will be presented to the Steering Committee and Education Authorities in the fall of 2017. The report and the government response to the recommendations will be released to Education Authorities in the spring of 2018 for review (milestone 2).

Related Mandate Commitments:

Commitment 2.1.1: We will implement the Right from the Start Framework to invest in early childhood development by:

  • Working with stakeholders and communities to explore options for free, play-based care for 4-year-olds
  • Revising the funding support model for licensed early childhood programs
  • Strengthening licensed early childhood programs through improving resource materials and increased training for early childhood workers

Commitment 3.6.2 - We will improve the accessibility, affordability and inclusivity of childcare in the NWT to allow all children aged zero to five to experience an enriching, quality early learning environment by:

  • Supporting the creation of new childcare spaces and programs in all communities
  • Ensuring the sustainability of existing early childhood development programs

Commitment 4.5.4 - We will build youth resiliency in schools by supporting school staff in using self-regulation instructional practices.

Implement new high school pathways
 
Expanding the NWT distance learning pilot project to increase access for NWT senior secondary students in all communities.
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EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.2.1 – We will implement the Education Renewal and Innovation Framework by:
Expanding the NWT distance learning pilot project to increase access for NWT senior secondary students in all communities.

The overall objective of Education Renewal is to improve student achievement for all NWT students. This work is focused on four main areas:

  • Improving teacher and student wellness;
  • Strengthening teaching and learning;
  • Strengthening cultural programming and student sense of identity; and
  • Increasing system-wide accountability and results.

Education Renewal initiatives currently underway include:

In the 2016-17 school year, the renewed Ministerial Directive on Inclusive Schooling (2016) was implemented (milestone 1) including the gradual implementation of the new funding structure which supports the increase of Program Support teachers in all schools over a three year period and significant training of school staff through on-going professional learning opportunities.

Following the establishment of bullying prevention legislation in 2013, in the 2016-2017 school year, the implementation of Safe School regulations and a territorial school Code of Conduct began, leading to the establishment of Safe School Plans in each NWT school. In addition, there is delivery of healthy relationships programming in all NWT schools, including staff training for teachers and school principals.

The renewal of the Aboriginal Language and Culture-Based Education (ALCBE) Directive is currently underway with the anticipated revised Directive to be completed by the end of the 2017-2018 school year with implementation beginning in the fall of 2018. The renewed Directive will focus on enhancing support for language instruction, connect school programs to the priorities of the community, and direct funding and reporting expectations (milestone 1).

Development of a new NWT Grades JK-9 Indigenous Languages Curriculum called Our Languages was completed in the 2016-2017 school year and is currently being piloted in several schools across the NWT during the 2017-2018 school year.

Since the 2016-17 school year, all NWT schools are implementing the Elders in Schools program.

An Accountability Framework for Education Authorities was established in December of 2016, in collaboration with Superintendents (milestone 1). The Accountability Cycle includes Annual Reports and Operating Plans for each school year to be tabled in February. Annual reports are submitted as part of the Audited Financial Statement document submitted by Education Authorities, which includes a Management Analysis.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is currently developing a new pathways high school structure which sets out to better support individual student course selection and high school experiences that better align with student interests, academic abilities and career goals in preparation for post-secondary education and/or the labour force. To be implemented for grade 9 students beginning in the 2019-2020 school year (milestone 1).

Improving health and wellness in all schools continues to be a priority for ECE, and current support in this area includes the implementation of self-regulation strategies in schools, providing access to an online teacher mental wellness program to all NWT educators, as well as number of online courses, and providing annual funding to all NWT schools for healthy and nutritious eating programs.

There has been an expansion of Northern Distance Learning, providing academic Grades 10-12 courses to NWT small community school students. Currently 6 small community schools are partnered with Inuvik’s East Three School to offer distance learning courses (milestone 1). The Department wishes to expand the participation of small community schools by at least 4 more small community schools in the 2018-2019 school year, and 4 or more schools during the 2019-2020 school year (milestone 2).

ECE has commissioned a planning study on options for shared service administration and potential savings across NWT Education Authorities, including an assessment of administration, human resources, information technology, facilities and asset management/maintenance, and financial management. The final report for the Education Authorities Shared Services Planning Study will be presented to the Steering Committee and Education Authorities in the fall of 2017. The report and the government response to the recommendations will be released to Education Authorities in the spring of 2018 for review (milestone 2).

Related Mandate Commitments:

Commitment 2.1.1: We will implement the Right from the Start Framework to invest in early childhood development by:

  • Working with stakeholders and communities to explore options for free, play-based care for 4-year-olds
  • Revising the funding support model for licensed early childhood programs
  • Strengthening licensed early childhood programs through improving resource materials and increased training for early childhood workers

Commitment 3.6.2 - We will improve the accessibility, affordability and inclusivity of childcare in the NWT to allow all children aged zero to five to experience an enriching, quality early learning environment by:

  • Supporting the creation of new childcare spaces and programs in all communities
  • Ensuring the sustainability of existing early childhood development programs

Commitment 4.5.4 - We will build youth resiliency in schools by supporting school staff in using self-regulation instructional practices.

Expand Distance Learning program to 4 additional small community schools
Expand Distance Learning program to 4 additional small community schools
 
Undertaking a planning study on options for shared service administration across NWT school boards.
Background Note

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.2.1 – We will implement the Education Renewal and Innovation Framework by:
Undertaking a planning study on options for shared service administration across NWT school boards.

The overall objective of Education Renewal is to improve student achievement for all NWT students. This work is focused on four main areas:

  • Improving teacher and student wellness;
  • Strengthening teaching and learning;
  • Strengthening cultural programming and student sense of identity; and
  • Increasing system-wide accountability and results.

Education Renewal initiatives currently underway include:

In the 2016-17 school year, the renewed Ministerial Directive on Inclusive Schooling (2016) was implemented (milestone 1) including the gradual implementation of the new funding structure which supports the increase of Program Support teachers in all schools over a three year period and significant training of school staff through on-going professional learning opportunities.

Following the establishment of bullying prevention legislation in 2013, in the 2016-2017 school year, the implementation of Safe School regulations and a territorial school Code of Conduct began, leading to the establishment of Safe School Plans in each NWT school. In addition, there is delivery of healthy relationships programming in all NWT schools, including staff training for teachers and school principals.

The renewal of the Aboriginal Language and Culture-Based Education (ALCBE) Directive is currently underway with the anticipated revised Directive to be completed by the end of the 2017-2018 school year with implementation beginning in the fall of 2018. The renewed Directive will focus on enhancing support for language instruction, connect school programs to the priorities of the community, and direct funding and reporting expectations (milestone 1).

Development of a new NWT Grades JK-9 Indigenous Languages Curriculum called Our Languages was completed in the 2016-2017 school year and is currently being piloted in several schools across the NWT during the 2017-2018 school year.

Since the 2016-17 school year, all NWT schools are implementing the Elders in Schools program.

An Accountability Framework for Education Authorities was established in December of 2016, in collaboration with Superintendents (milestone 1). The Accountability Cycle includes Annual Reports and Operating Plans for each school year to be tabled in February. Annual reports are submitted as part of the Audited Financial Statement document submitted by Education Authorities, which includes a Management Analysis.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is currently developing a new pathways high school structure which sets out to better support individual student course selection and high school experiences that better align with student interests, academic abilities and career goals in preparation for post-secondary education and/or the labour force. To be implemented for grade 9 students beginning in the 2019-2020 school year (milestone 1).

Improving health and wellness in all schools continues to be a priority for ECE, and current support in this area includes the implementation of self-regulation strategies in schools, providing access to an online teacher mental wellness program to all NWT educators, as well as number of online courses, and providing annual funding to all NWT schools for healthy and nutritious eating programs.

There has been an expansion of Northern Distance Learning, providing academic Grades 10-12 courses to NWT small community school students. Currently 6 small community schools are partnered with Inuvik’s East Three School to offer distance learning courses (milestone 1). The Department wishes to expand the participation of small community schools by at least 4 more small community schools in the 2018-2019 school year, and 4 or more schools during the 2019-2020 school year (milestone 2).

ECE has commissioned a planning study on options for shared service administration and potential savings across NWT Education Authorities, including an assessment of administration, human resources, information technology, facilities and asset management/maintenance, and financial management. The final report for the Education Authorities Shared Services Planning Study will be presented to the Steering Committee and Education Authorities in the fall of 2017. The report and the government response to the recommendations will be released to Education Authorities in the spring of 2018 for review (milestone 2).

Related Mandate Commitments:

Commitment 2.1.1: We will implement the Right from the Start Framework to invest in early childhood development by:

  • Working with stakeholders and communities to explore options for free, play-based care for 4-year-olds
  • Revising the funding support model for licensed early childhood programs
  • Strengthening licensed early childhood programs through improving resource materials and increased training for early childhood workers

Commitment 3.6.2 - We will improve the accessibility, affordability and inclusivity of childcare in the NWT to allow all children aged zero to five to experience an enriching, quality early learning environment by:

  • Supporting the creation of new childcare spaces and programs in all communities
  • Ensuring the sustainability of existing early childhood development programs

Commitment 4.5.4 - We will build youth resiliency in schools by supporting school staff in using self-regulation instructional practices.

Complete planning study for shared service in school administration
Release implementation plan for shared service in school administration
Expanding opportunities for post-secondary education, trades-oriented learning, and northern educational institutions.
 
2.3.1
We will take steps to close the skills gap, by conducting a Foundational Review of Aurora College followed by a renewed strategic plan and any necessary updates to the Aurora College Act as informed by the Foundational Review, improving outcomes from Community Learning Centres, strengthening the apprenticeship program, and improving our career development services.
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EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.3.1 – We will take steps to close the skills gap, by conducting a Foundational Review of Aurora College followed by a renewed strategic plan and any necessary updates to the Aurora College Act as informed by the Foundational Review, improving outcomes from Community Learning Centres, strengthening the apprenticeship program, and improving our career development services.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is leading the GNWT’s work to implement the Skills 4 Success 10-Year Strategic Framework (S4S) and 4-Year Action Plan 2016-2020 (milestone 1) to help develop the skills, knowledge and talents of the people of the NWT. The S4S is an evidence-based initiative about making system wide improvements to adult and post-secondary education and skills training programs to close education and employment gaps in the NWT.

The Skills 4 Success 10-Year Strategic Framework was tabled on October 7, 2015. Over 700 people across the NWT have engaged in the process of developing the S4S Framework. Feedback from regional focus group sessions, the S4S Symposium, and the online survey have been documented in a full Skills 4 Success Initiative Engagement Report and shorter report, Skills 4 Success Initiative Engagement Summary: “What We Heard”.

A Foundational Review (Review) of Aurora College is being undertaken (milestone 3). The Review is an important step to help expand opportunities for postsecondary education in the NWT by refocusing support for Aurora College and ensure that the NWT’s public postsecondary education institution keeps pace with the changing dynamics of the labour market.

The Review will make recommendations regarding the governance structure and operations of Aurora College. The Terms of Reference for the Review included an examination of:

  • Operations;
  • Governance structures;
  • Accountability measures;
  • Academic program and course selection; and
  • Student recruitment and retention.

In the summer of 2018 Aurora College will develop its long term Strategic plan which will be informed by the Foundational Review and the ECE response to the Foundational Review.

ECE is developing a legislative proposal for the creation of an overarching legislative framework to oversee postsecondary education in the NWT.

The primary objectives of this new legislation will be to create a process of recognition that ensures the effective governance and quality assurance of post-secondary institutions and their programs in alignment with national and international best practices. While the legislative proposal is being developed, ECE will continue to work with key stakeholders to ensure they remain sustainable and strong.

In May 2017, ECE released the NWT Apprenticeship, Trades and Occupational Certification Strategy 2017-2022 (ATOC) (milestone 2) and in June 2017, released the NWT Immigration Strategy The ATOC Strategy outlines how the GNWT will improve the apprenticeship and occupational certification program, and focuses on increasing participation in in-demand trades and occupations, as well as improving completion rates. The ATOC Strategy focuses on making improvements to the overall training system, however, increasing participation in skilled trades and occupations, as well as improving completion rates.

ECE is engaged in discussions with the federal government to amend and renew federal-territorial agreements that provide federal funding for labour market transfer agreements. Renewed agreements are expected to be concluded by spring 2018. The labour market transfer agreements provide over $7 million in annual funding to the GNWT to support its delivery of important labour market programs, services and supports.

Together, labour market information including the S4S NWT Jobs in Demand: 15-Year Forecast, the Aurora College Strategic Plan and the Aurora College Foundational Review will shape programs and services at Aurora College beginning in the 2018-19 academic year and for years to come (milestone 4).

ECE continues to work with Aurora College to ensure that Community Learning Centres are effective in the delivery of programming to northern residents. The Aurora College Foundational Review and the Aurora College Strategic Plan will inform program decisions in Community Learning Centres in the Northwest Territories.

ECE is developing training for GNWT Career Development Officers that will improve the services provided to the public.

Related Mandate Commitments:

Commitment 1.1.5 - We will get more 18-24 year olds into the labour market by removing barriers to employment, using a better mix of improved educational attainment and skill development, while matching skills with employer needs through improved career development supports.

Commitment 1.1.13 - We will support small communities by enhancing job-creation programs, building community capacity and supporting new economic opportunities by:

  • Enhancing the Small Communities Employment Support Program.
  • Developing and implementing a strategy to increase employment in small communities that guides the delivery of territorial programming and includes a performance measurement plan.

Commitment 2.3.3 - We will develop legislation that outlines a quality assurance system on the basis of which post-secondary institutions will be recognized/authorized in the NWT.

Commitment 2.5.4 - We will promote and improve student financial assistance to support NWT youth in developing the skills and abilities to meet their potential as well as territorial labour demand.

Release Skills 4 Success Action Plan
Release Apprenticeship and Occupations Strategy
Complete the Aurora College Foundational Review
Complete funding and accountability framework for Aurora College
Release Aurora College Strategic Plan
Release government response and implementation plan of the Aurora College Foundational Review
 
2.3.2
We will offer online delivery of community government training curriculum to build capacity for careers that focus on community governance.
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EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.3.2 – We will offer online delivery of community government training curriculum to build capacity for careers that focus on community governance.

Background:

Status:

The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) develops and delivers training to support community government councils and their staff in providing essential, effective and efficient programs and services at the community level. MACA has developed and implemented online web-based governance and community government training courses (Milestone 1).

MACA is using the following eLearning platforms to provide community government staff and elected officials eLearning events that are suited to their learning needs and styles:

Moodle Platform

  • Used for live computer-based instruction with self- directed assignments.

Drupal Platform

  • Supports a self-directed, self-paced and self-managed style of instruction with no instructor needed,

Video Conference

  • Uses the new video conference facilities and equipment in HQ MACA Regional Offices to instruct in various locations.

WebEx

  • Offers a live instructor usually with a presentation and live interactive phone connections.

The online governance workshops will build the capacity of elected officials and the online staff courses will build the capacity of staff to perform their community government jobs. Distance learning events will relate to community governance as well as community government occupations. Councillors and staff will benefit from the new available training courses and online delivery approach. Online delivery has the potential to save community governments considerable monies as their staff will no longer have to travel to participate in training to gain necessary knowledge and skills.

MACA will continue to deliver its courses with some in traditional classroom method and others online. The Department will bring an additional 25 courses online by winter 2018 (Milestone 2, 3 and 4)

In addition to the development and delivery of six online workshops for community councillors as well as six online workshops for First Nation Councils, MACA will also develop an Election Information website for community residents to provide a clear understanding of the roles, responsibilities and importance of community government elected officials and their community council. Information will also be included should an individual decide to run for council.  The intent of the website is to encourage more residents to run for office.

Links to Other Government Activities:

N/A

For more information about this initiative, please contact the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs.

Related Mandate Commitments:

Commitment 5.5.1 – We will support the delivery of workshops that help to get women into politics

Launch online web-based distance learning platform and materials
Bring 10 courses online for delivery to communities
Bring an additional 7 courses online for delivery to communities
Bring an additional 8 courses online for delivery to communities
 
2.3.3
We will develop legislation that outlines a quality assurance system on the basis of which post-secondary institutions will be recognized/authorized in the NWT.
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EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.3.3 – We will develop legislation that outlines a quality assurance system on the basis of which post-secondary institutions will be recognized/authorized in the NWT.

In Canada, regulation of post-secondary institutions is a provincial/territorial responsibility. As such, the GNWT manages the recognition of post-secondary institutions.

Post-secondary institutions and education stakeholders from around the world, including prospective students and employers, rely on jurisdictions having a formal recognition process and quality assurance system that meets de facto national and internal norms. Such a process ensures consistency among post-secondary institutions and the programs they offer.

The proposed post-secondary education legislation being developed by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) will replace the Education Act as the over-arching legislation for the creation of all types of post-secondary institutions (milestone 2).

The primary objectives of this new legislation will be to create a process of recognition that ensures the effective governance and quality assurance of post-secondary institutions and their programs in alignment with national and international best practices. While the legislative proposal is being developed, ECE will continue to work with key stakeholders to ensure they remain sustainable and strong.

Aurora College, the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, and the College Nordique Francophone (CNF) are expected to benefit from having a clearer and transparent quality assurance structure. Within this structure, they will be better positioned to align their efforts and fill key gaps in the education and training opportunities.

ECE recognizes the cultural, social, economic and geographic contexts which define post-secondary learning needs in the NWT, and is working to ensure that the new legislative framework will benefit all residents and institutions of the NWT, now and into the future.

A draft Discussion Paper on the proposed post-secondary legislative framework is being developed and will be shared with education stakeholders through a process of stakeholder engagement (milestone 1). Stakeholder feedback, as well as the results of the Aurora College Foundational Review, will inform the legislative proposal being developed.

The Dechinta Centre for Research Learning is a private non-profit corporation that has not been recognized as a college, a university or a post-secondary institution in the NWT. The ECE continues to support Dechinta’s program development.

CNF is also a private non-profit corporation that has not been recognized as a college, a university or a post-secondary institution in the NWT. ECE continues to support CNF program development.

ECE remains committed to presenting a new post-secondary legislative framework and will consult Aurora College and other NWT post-secondary institutions. The legislative work will be informed by the results of the Aurora College Foundational Review, and timelines have been adjusted accordingly.

Related Mandate Commitments:

Commitment 1.1.5: We will get more 18-24 year olds into the labour market by removing barriers to employment, using a better mix of improved educational attainment and skill development, while matching skills with employer needs through improved career development supports.

Commitment 2.3.1 - We will take steps to close the skills gap, by conducting a Foundational Review of Aurora College followed by a renewed strategic plan and updates to the Aurora College Act where indicated by the Foundational Review, improving outcomes from our Community Learning Centres, strengthening the apprenticeship program, and improving our career development services.

Release discussion paper on post-secondary legislation
Introduce legislative bill to recognize NWT post-secondary institutions
 
2.3.4
Through Aurora College and other educational partners, we will develop and promote post-secondary programs designed to meet the Northwest Territories' needs in high-demand occupations identified in the Labour Market Forecast and Needs Assessment (2016).
Background Note

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.3.4 – Through Aurora College and other educational partners, we will develop and promote post-secondary programs designed to meet the Northwest Territories' needs in high-demand occupations identified in the Labour Market Forecast and Needs Assessment (2016).

The Skills 4 Success 4-Year Action Plan 2016-2020 which contains 24 actions to improve employment success for the people of the NWT supports the Skills 4 Success 10-Year Strategic Framework and used a combination of program research, extensive stakeholder engagements, and information identified in the Northwest Territories Labour Market Forecast and Needs Assessment. The Minister of ECE tabled the Northwest Territories Labour Market Forecast and Needs Assessment on June 14, 2016.

Implementation of the Skills 4 Success 4-Year Action Plan 2016-2020 continues and ECE is focusing on the development of a Small Community Employment Strategy, and a Foundational Review (milestone 1) and Strategic plan (milestone 2) for Aurora College. Furthermore, Aurora College’s long-term Strategic plan will be informed both by the Foundational Review and the ECE response to the Foundational Review (milestone 3).

In addition, ECE is developing a legislative proposal for the creation of an overarching legislative framework to oversee postsecondary education in the NWT. Stakeholder feedback, as well as the results of the Aurora College Foundational Review, will inform the legislative proposal being developed.

Together, labour market information including the S4S NWT Jobs in Demand: 15-Year Forecast, the Aurora College Strategic Plan and the Foundational Review will shape post-secondary programming in the Northwest Territories for years to come. These efforts have interrelated actions that all contribute to developing a skilled workforce to build a strong and thriving northern economy.

Related Mandate Commitments:

Commitment 1.1.5: We will get more 18-24 year olds into the labour market by removing barriers to employment, using a better mix of improved educational attainment and skill development, while matching skills with employer needs through improved career development supports.

Commitment 2.3.1 - We will take steps to close the skills gap, by conducting a Foundational Review of Aurora College followed by a renewed strategic plan and updates to the Aurora College Act where indicated by the Foundational Review, improving outcomes from our Community Learning Centres, strengthening the apprenticeship program, and improving our career development services.

Complete the Aurora College Foundational Review
Release Aurora College Strategic Plan
Release government response and implementation plan of the Aurora College Foundational Review
Increasing cultural programming in education and revitalizing Aboriginal languages.
 
2.4.1
We will strengthen culture and heritage in the NWT by implementing a renewed Aboriginal Language and Culture-based Education Directive in order to strengthen the role of schools in supporting Aboriginal language development and incorporate culture in programming, work with the Government of Canada towards a strengthened multi-year Canada-Northwest Territories Co-operation Agreement for French and Aboriginal Languages, develop an action plan for the Culture and Heritage Strategic Framework, and work with stakeholders to update the 2010 NWT Aboriginal Languages Plan: A Shared Responsibility.
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EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.4.1 – We will strengthen culture and heritage in the NWT by implementing a renewed Aboriginal Language and Culture-based Education Directive in order to strengthen the role of schools in supporting Aboriginal language development and incorporate culture in programming, work with the Government of Canada towards a strengthened multi-year Canada-Northwest Territories Co-operation Agreement for French and Aboriginal Languages, develop an action plan for the Culture and Heritage Strategic Framework, and work with stakeholders to update the 2010 NWT Aboriginal Languages Plan: A Shared Responsibility.

The GNWT-wide Culture and Heritage Strategic Framework was tabled in October 2015. This Framework aligns existing GNWT strategies and initiatives to common culture and heritage goals and serves as a guide for future decisions.

A 1-year interim Culture and Heritage Strategic Framework Action Plan was tabled on March 10, 2017 (milestone 1). This 1-year (2017-2018) Action Plan lays the necessary groundwork for all GNWT departments to work together to create a broader, 4-year Action Plan (2018-2022) (milestone 4). This plan will include actions from all GNWT departments and is expected to be released at the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) released the revised NWT Aboriginal Languages Framework in May 2017 (milestone 3), which is a ten-year plan (2010 to 2020) that sets out a clear direction for the NWT to revitalize the 9 official Aboriginal languages and improve access to government services in Aboriginal languages.

Development of a three-year rolling Action Plan (2017/18 to 2019/20) that will be reviewed and updated annually is underway, and involves significant input from key language partners and education leaders. It will accompany the NWT Aboriginal Languages Framework, and is expected to be released at the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year (milestone 5).

The Aboriginal Language and Culture Based Education Directive (ALCBE) is currently being renewed to support Indigenous languages and education, including guidelines, training, funding and accountability.

By the end of the current 2017-2018 school year ECE is expected to complete the revised Directive, along with a draft package of Directive Guidelines (Handbook), and a new funding model and accountability structure.

A new 4 year Official Languages Agreement between the Government of Canada and the GNWT was signed on March 24, 2017 effective from 2016/17 to 2019/20, with an increase in funding for the promotion, preservation and strengthening of Aboriginal languages in the NWT (milestone 2).

The GNWT provides a portion of language funding to Aboriginal Governments, as they make decisions about where to focus their Aboriginal languages revitalization and promotion. The results of the new Agreement have meant an increase to the direct funding Aboriginal Governments receive to provide them with decision-making authority to revitalize and strengthen Aboriginal languages. Aboriginal Governments prepare regional language plans and make decisions about how funding is accessed.

$17 million is invested annually to support and promote Aboriginal Languages revitalization, including:

  • Native Communications Society for radio broadcasting;
  • Inuvialuit Communications Society for TV and Magazine production;
  • Grant program for community radio stations;
  • Support for Teaching and Learning Centres through education bodies;
  • Support for 2 statutory language boards;
  • Support for Traditional Geological Place names;
  • Support for NWT wide Language programs by proposal; including the NWT Literacy Council, Dene Language Conference, Yamozha Kue Society and the NWT Foster Family Coalition;
  • Professional Development for Language teachers through NWTTA professional development activities;
  • Aboriginal Language and Culture Instructor Program through Aurora College; and
  • Dechinta on-the-land programming.

ECE continues its commitment to support culture and heritage through the various activities of the Culture and Heritage Division, including the operations of and programming at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. Through the division, ECE provides $2 million in yearly funding for arts and culture initiatives; protection and management of heritage resources including archives and archaeological sites; the geographic names program; and designs and hosts a range of culture and heritage interpretation programs for schools and the public.

Related Mandate Commitments:

Commitment 2.2.1 - We will implement the Education Renewal and Innovation Framework by:

  • Implementing a renewed Aboriginal Language and Culture-based Education Directive in order to strengthen the role of schools in supporting Aboriginal language development and culture in programming.

Commitment 2.4.5 - We will work collaboratively with the NWT’s francophone community to support French language education.

Develop Interim 1-Year Culture and Heritage Strategic Framework Action Plan
Sign Cooperation Agreement with federal government
Release revised Aboriginal Languages Framework
Release 4-Year Culture and Heritage Strategic Framework Action Plan
Release Aboriginal Languages Action Plan
 
2.4.2
We will finalize, in conjunction with Aboriginal governments, co-management partners and traditional user groups, a culturally appropriate, made in the north, hunter education program for delivery in all communities of the NWT.
Background Note

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.4.2 – We will finalize, in conjunction with Aboriginal governments, co-management partners and traditional user groups, a culturally appropriate, made in the north, hunter education program for delivery in all communities of the NWT.

Hunter Education has been identified as a critical need by NWT communities. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) has worked collaboratively with a working group composed of representatives from Renewable Resource Boards, Hunters & Trappers Committees, Local Wildlife Committees and other stakeholders (milestone 1). ENR Officers throughout the north will receive Train the Trainer instruction enabling them to deliver the Hunter Education program in their respective communities. ENR officers will collaborate with communities to provide the Hunter Education program throughout the fall of 2017 and winter of 2018 (milestone 2). This will be an ongoing program.

Complete Hunter Education Course Material
Deliver first Hunter Education course to NWT hunters
 
2.4.5
We will work collaboratively with the NWT’s francophone community to support French language education.
Background Note

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.4.5 – We will work collaboratively with the NWT’s francophone community to support French language education.

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is committed to meeting its obligations for admission and administration of French First Language Schools under the:

  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
  • Education Act;
  • Ministerial Directive – Enrolment of Students in French First Language Education Programs and;
  • NWT Court of Appeal decision.

The requirement for French language education is covered under section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. During the 2015-2016 school year, the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) completed a review of the Ministerial Directive – Enrolment of Students in French First Language Education Programs - and a new Directive was issued in August 2016 (milestone 1). The Directive was designed to regulate the enrolment of students who do not have the right to minority language education under section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The new Directive and supporting policy clearly outline ECE’s role in the French first language school admission process and identify three streams of admission for eligible non-rights holder parents:

  • Reacquisition;
  • Non-citizen francophone; and
  • New Immigrant

The new Directive strikes a balance between supporting the sustainment and growth of the French first language community and protecting the integrity of the French first language education program. Parents whose application for enrolment has not been accepted in the past may submit an application to ECE under the new Directive. Since August 2016, all applications for enrolment have met the requirement and have been accepted.

A space sharing agreement was signed in September 2016 between the Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (YK1) and the CSFTNO for the use of William MacDonald School in Yellowknife (milestone 2). A revised space sharing agreement was signed in September 2017 between the Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (YK1) and the CSFTNO for the use of William MacDonald School in Yellowknife to reflect the needs of the current school year.

A school addition is being constructed for École Allain St-Cyr and includes a 476 m2 gymnasium with a stage, two multi-purpose classrooms, and instructional space to accommodate students with special needs.

A Design-Build contract was awarded to Clark Builders on April 12, 2017 and final design reviews and foundation excavation and preparation are in progress (milestone 3 and 4). Construction completion is scheduled for the fall of 2018 (milestone 5). ECE and the Commission scolaire francophone will continue working collaboratively to ensure success of the infrastructure improvements to École Alain St-Cyr in Yellowknife.

A space sharing agreement was signed in September 2016 between the Hay River District Education Authority (DEA) and the CSFTNO for the use of school space in various Hay River Schools. A revised space sharing agreement was signed in September 2017 between the Hay River District Education Authority (DEA) and the CSFTNO for the use of school space in various Hay River Schools to reflect the needs of the current school year.

A new 4-year Official Languages Agreement (OLA) between the Government of Canada and the GNWT was signed on March 24, 2017 effective from 2016-17 to 2019-20. This new OLA has increased funding that will support the continued implementation of the GNWT Strategic Plan on French Language Communications and Services, including:

  • The provision of French translation and interpretation services to GNWT departments, the Legislative Assembly, and Boards and Agencies for all documents intended for the public
  • French language services to the public through Services TNO;
  • Advertisement in L’Aquilon and Radio Taiga, web site and staff support to the GNWT departments, the Legislative Assembly, Boards and Agencies; and
  • The translation into French of social media such as Departmental Facebook pages

Related Mandate Commitments:

Commitment 2.4.1 - We will strengthen culture and heritage in the NWT by:

  • Work with the Government of Canada towards a strengthened multi-year Canada-Northwest Territories Co-operation Agreement for French and Aboriginal Languages; and
  • Develop an action plan for the Culture and Heritage Strategic Framework.
Implement updated Ministerial Directive
Implement space sharing agreement
Issue tender for Ecole Allain St Cyr expansion
Award contract for Ecole Allain St Cyr expansion
Complete expansion of Ecole Allain St Cyr
Enhancing and promoting capacity-building programs for our youth.
 
2.5.3
We will support opportunities for youth by ensuring effective youth programming such as the Youth Corps, Youth Contributors, Youth Ambassador Programs, Youth Centres, and Youth Tours.
Background Note

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.5.3 – We will support opportunities for youth by ensuring effective youth programming such as the Youth Corps, Youth Contributors, Youth Ambassador Programs, Youth Centres, and Youth Tours.

Background:

MACA, through the Sport, Recreation and Youth Division, delivers or supports a variety of programs targeted to youth. These programs include:  Take a Kid Trapping, NWT Youth Ambassador Program, Northern Youth Abroad, Fostering Open Xpression Among Youth (FOXY), Youth Forums, and Wilderness Education Programs.

Organizations are eligible to apply for funding for activities which offer a structured and varied program of outdoor/cultural/environmental, educational, work, life and personal growth experiences that challenge, engage, reward and recognize youth.

The Youth Centres Initiative provides funding for the operation of community youth centres that provide youth with positive and healthy lifestyle programs.

The NWT Youth Ambassador Program targets youth ages 16 to 24, and is guided by the principle that a structured volunteer experience and participation in major events can develop significant life and job skills, and build the confidence necessary for youth to deal with complex challenges.

Elements of the NWT Youth Ambassador Program include:

  • Major projects connected to national and international multisport games events;
  • Medium and small projects connected to other significant training or development events;
  • Consistent, high quality training and preparation for projects;
  • Joint development of expectations and standards by participants and program managers;
  • Access to the program by youth from all communities;
  • A traditional games element to some projects;
  • The establishment of a formal longitudinal evaluation process (Milestone 1)

MACA will take steps to ensure effective youth programming is being delivered by evaluating one to two youth programs annually (Milestone 2).

Links to Other Government Activities:

N/A

For more information about this initiative, please contact the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs.

Evaluate NWT Youth Ambassador Program
Begin evaluating one to two programs annually
 
2.5.4
We will promote and improve student financial assistance to support NWT youth in developing the skills and abilities to meet their potential as well as territorial labour demand. (ongoing)
Background Note

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.5.4 – We will promote and improve student financial assistance to support NWT youth in developing the skills and abilities to meet their potential as well as territorial labour demand.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is leading the GNWT’s work to implement the Skills 4 Success 10-Year Strategic Framework (S4S) and 4-Year Action Plan 2016-2020 (milestone 2) to help develop the skills, knowledge and talents of the people of the NWT. The S4S is an evidence-based initiative about making system wide improvements to adult and post-secondary education and skills training programs to close education and employment gaps in the NWT.

The Skills 4 Success Framework will ensure that the education and training system keeps pace with the changing dynamics of the labour market so that NWT residents, students and workers gain the skills required in a 21st century economy and labour market.

Although Skills 4 Success is a GNWT led initiative, it relies strongly on the active participation and engagement of governments and organizations, education and training partners, industry, business and non-government stakeholders.

ECE is researching options to encourage students to pursue in-demand jobs through the Student Financial Assistance Program and is committed to fostering lifelong learning, training and employability by offering one of the best Student Financial Assistance programs in the country.

Changes have been made to the Student Financial Assistance program to support the GNWT population growth objective, to make obtaining a post-secondary education more affordable and to encourage NWT youth to return home after the successful completion of their studies.

Since September 1, 2016 students who have resided in the NWT for a year since ending full-time studies qualify to apply for the Northern Bonus. This benefit is $2,000 per eligible year up to a lifetime maximum of $10,000 and extends to southern students who reside in the NWT.

ECE launched a national advertising campaign in 2016 to communicate program improvements aimed at bringing our students home to apply their skills (milestone 1). A secondary aim is the recruitment of new residents in support of the GNWT population growth objectives.

On September 1, 2015, the following enhancements were made to the SFA program:

  • Increased the Basic Grant funding for tuition and books;
  • Increased loan remission (forgiveness) rates;
  • Reduced interest to 0% for students residing in the NWT; and
  • Removed the 20 semester funding limit and re-introduced the revolving loan limit to support continuing students.

Related Mandate Commitments:

Commitment 1.1.5 - We will get more 18-24 year olds into the labour market by removing barriers to employment, using a better mix of improved educational attainment and skill development, while matching skills with employer needs through improved career development supports.

Launch communications campaign
Release Skills 4 Success Action Plan
Release Apprenticeship and Occupations Strategy
 
2.5.5
We will implement programs that support youth in their communities and in their schools to encourage local food production and consumption.
Background Note

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Commitment 2.5.5

We will implement programs that support youth in their communities and in their schools to encourage local food production and consumption.

Local Food Production and Consumption

The NWT Agriculture Strategy was released in March 2017 and goes to 2022.  The Strategy has a recommendation to develop and offer educational resources that support the inclusion of agriculture into a variety of educational environments to raise awareness, skill and build capacity related to agricultural initiatives for communities, families, youth and children (milestones 1, 2 and 4).

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is working with NWT agricultural organizations, agencies and food producers to build the agricultural capacity of the NWT.

Since fall 2016, the Department of Industry, Tourism, and Investment (ITI) has led an Interdepartmental Agriculture Working Group to initiate various activities within the Strategy’s Action Plan that engaged other departments on issues such as land use, wildlife and food safety issues.

ITI’s regional offices continue to support regional and community based agriculture training programs, courses and workshops.

ITI is working with the Department of Education, Culture and Employment to develop agricultural programming for NWT schools that will incorporate the very successful Take a Kid Gardening Program (milestone 3).

Related Mandate Commitments

  • Commitment 1.1.11 - We will develop and foster the knowledge economy by:
    • In partnership with other organizations, supporting the creation of a central repository that supports knowledge dissemination, research, and best practices for northern farming conditions, and promoting innovative farm practices and northern based greenhouse and related technologies.
  • Commitment 1.2.1 - We will expand the agricultural sector by:
    • Implementing the Agriculture Strategy
    • Improving access to agricultural land
    • Updating agricultural funding programs
    • Supporting training for commercial farmers
  • Commitment 4.3.5 - We will reduce the burden of chronic disease by promoting healthy lifestyles and improving screening and management, with specific focus on:
    • Expanding the production and availability of local foods such as fish, country food, and garden produce.
Support implementation of community garden programs (ongoing
Provide educational resources (ongoing
Compile toolkit targeting youth to promote agricultural initiatives through the "Take a Kid Gardening" program
Roll out the "Take a Kid Gardening" program across the NWT