The Education Coordination Unit (ECU) is a technical and advisory body operating under the umbrella of the Chiefs of Ontario to address educational priorities. It is comprised of the Education Directors of the four Provincial Territorial Organizations (PTOs) and one representative from the Independent First Nations. An additional four seats are reserved for established regional Aboriginal Education Organizations. Currently, these seats are held by the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowk and Onkwehon:we Language Commission of Oniatari’:io (AMO), the Aboriginal Institutes Consortium (AIC), and the Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council (OFNYPC). The ECU is supported and coordinated through the Chiefs of Ontario office by the Director of Education.
The Education Coordination Unit is currently engaged in a number of ongoing projects and initiatives related to early learning, special education, elementary and secondary education, post-secondary education and training and languages revitalization. The primary objective is to identify and enact initiatives that will result in delivering sustainable, equitable First Nation education systems under full First Nations jurisdiction.