Education Agreements (EAs), previously known as tuition agreements or ESA/RESA (Education Service Agreements/Reverse Education Service Agreements), are a legally binding agreement between a First Nation and school board that detail the provision of services, supports, and programs to First Nations students attending school at a public school board, or a student of a school board attending a First Nations school. Education Agreements are an essential tool in the advocacy of First Nations student equity and cultural safety, and can be used to ensure First Nations have access to student data; ensure education service standards; require school boards to provide First Nations language and culture courses; and other terms aimed at achieving high-quality education programs, services and supports.
The Chiefs of Ontario have designed an Education Agreement resource bundle to assist First Nations in establishing Education Agreements with school boards. Included in the resource bundle is an engaging illustrated sketch animation video, titled “Introduction to Education Agreements,” an Education Agreement Overview document, and an Education Agreement Template. The Education Agreement resources provide a foundational and comprehensive understanding of Education Agreements. The template contains a wealth of information to begin negotiations with a school board. If you have any questions or need support, please contact Patrik Lowen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Karleigh Palmer at email@example.com.