Kenora Transfer

What is a reverse tuition agreement?

Where a First Nation provides funds to a board for on-reserve students attending board schools, and a board provides funds to the same First Nation for board pupils attending the First Nation school, an agreement should be in place that outlines programs and services that each party will provide, and how funding will be exchanged.

Ontario Ministry of EducationIndian and Northern Affairs Canada“First Nations Education Funding: Tuition Agreements and Special Education” Resource PackageOctober 2007Q’s & A’s

An Anishinaabe immersion school in Kenora, Ont., is a success with students, but it can’t convince the government to fund it.

Kiizhik School opened in 2014 and quickly tripled its enrolment. About half of the students live on nearby reserves, so the federal government pays their tuition.

But the provincial government will not pay tuition for the other students — about 30 — who live in the city unless the school enters into “reverse tuition agreements” with local school boards.

First Nations school denied provincial funding, administrator says
Jody Porter, CBC News, May 7, 2017

Seems that the Kiizhik School is a First Nations school, operated by the Bimose Tribal Council, both on and off reserve. So the situation doesn’t seem to be one where there are similar flows of funds to be offset. Money isn’t going from a First Nation to a board school, to be then balanced or offset against money going to a First Nation from a local school board, with respect to off-reserve students attending an on-reserve school. Money is going from a First Nation to an off-reserve, First Nation school. Shouldn’t be much of an issue of redirecting funds, particularly since the students are attending the Kiizhik School, rather than a board school.

When it comes to aboriginal language-based education, redirected funding should seem to be a reasonable outcome. In this case, delays could be procedurally correct but substantially…

Could be disputes about the amounts, but maybe get as much over as possible, then argue about the rest…

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