Have Your Say - Education Act Modernization

Have Your Say - Education Act Modernization

This engagement period has now closed. The engagement period was open from March 15 to June 30, 2021.

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) held a 3.5-month public engagement period to hear from residents about how the Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 (JK-12) education system can best meet the needs of students across the Northwest Territories.

ECE is at the early stages of the process to modernize the Education Act. While this current engagement period has ended, ECE will engage with the public again when a legislative proposal has been developed.

How were people asked to participate?

NWT residents were able to participate in this conversation by completing surveys, emailing ECE their views, speaking one-on-one with ECE staff, and participating in virtual town hall meetings.

Over the 3.5 months of public engagement, hundreds of people provided their ideas and views about the education system and the future of the Education Act.

  • More than 600 surveys were completed.
  • ECE held more than 40 online meetings with a combination of Indigenous Governments, educators and education administrators, graduates of the JK-12 system, and members of the public.
  • ECE also received written submissions from several organizations and residents throughout the territory who wanted to have their views heard.

How will input received 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 public are critical for ECE to build the values, expectations and opportunities of NWT residents into a 21st century education system. Feedback received during the public engagement will be used to develop a legislative proposal for a new or amended Education Act that reflects the priorities, needs and aspirations of northerners for the NWT education system.

What is the process for Education Act modernization?

The process to modernize the Education Act is a multi-step and multi-year process. The steps for this process are seen here. With the public engagement period closed we are now working to develop a What We Heard Report.

Where can I find more information?

To help NWT residents provide detailed input, ECE prepared a Discussion Paper that provides analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the current JK-12 education system. The Discussion Paper also posed questions to help people think through the issues presented in the paper.

For those who didn’t have the time to read the full Discussion Paper, ECE also wrote a Discussion Paper in Brief. The Discussion Paper in Brief outlines the key challenges and opportunities.

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.