Have Your Say - Education Act Modernization

What is this engagement about?

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is working to modernize the Education Act. Education Act modernization is one part of the Government’s work to increase student education outcomes to the same level as the rest of Canada.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) wants to hear from you about how the Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 (JK-12) education system can meet the needs of students across the Northwest Territories.

ECE is at the early stages of the process to modernize the Education Act and we need to hear from you to make sure that changes to the education system meet the needs of NWT residents.

How do I participate?

You can provide your input in the following ways:

  1. Complete the survey that best suits your profile:
  2. Make a written submission to ECE at EAM@gov.nt.ca
  3. Speak one-to-one with ECE about your views on the content of the Discussion Paper.
    • To arrange a time to chat over phone or video, email EAM@gov.nt.ca
  4. Participate in a town hall meeting:
    • To register for the Beaufort-Delta virtual event Tuesday, June 1 click here.
    • To register for the Sahtu virtual event Thursday, June 3 click here.
    • To register for the North Slave (outside Yellowknife) virtual event Tuesday, June 8 click here.
    • To register for the Dehcho virtual event Monday, June 7 click here.
    • To register for the French language (territory-wide) virtual event Wednesday, June 9 click here.
    • To register for the South Slave virtual event Thursday, June 10 click here.
    • To register for the Yellowknife virtual event Monday, June 14 click here
    • To register for the territory-wide Northwest Territories virtual event Wednesday, June 16 click here.

We want to hear from you. The engagement period will continue until June 30, 2021. 

How will my input make a difference?

The views and opinions of current and former students, parents, Elders, Indigenous governments and organizations, education staff and administrators, communities, and the general public are critical for ECE to build the values, expectations and opportunities of NWT residents into a 21st century education system. Input from the public will help to guide ECE as we develop a legislative proposal for consideration by the 19th Legislative Assembly.

What information do I need to consider when providing input?     

ECE wants to hear from residents about their experience in education, including what about the current system is working well and what can be improved.

To help NWT residents provide detailed input, ECE has prepared a Discussion Paper that provides detailed analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the current JK-12 education system. The Discussion Paper also provides questions to help you think through the issues presented in the paper. The questions are a guide to help you think through the issues, you do not need to answer every question.

If you don’t have the time to read the full Discussion Paper, ECE has also written a Discussion Paper in Brief. The Discussion Paper in Brief outlines the key challenges and opportunities. The Discussion Paper in Brief does not have as much detail as the full Discussion Paper, so if you think you want to learn more, we encourage you to check out the full-length version.

Where can I find more information?

If you want to read more about the current JK-12 education system in the Northwest Territories, please take a look at the following resources.