In this sense, Mitchell confuses my offer of alternative positions as naïve. Hardly. I am aware of the opposition to government positions that could reflect a controversial majority of public opinion in British Columbia. When it comes to contracts, the public is entitled to stronger negotiating principles, which reflect their priorities and interests, including affordability, a liberal approach to racial and cultural issues and a substantive purpose, instead of permanent de facto agreements. Someone has to indicate how unsused Ottawa and Victoria have become. However, in 2008, Acho Dene Koe signed a framework agreement with Canada and the NWT government to negotiate a comprehensive land claims agreement. The Contracts Committee is currently reviewing the status of the table to determine the way forward. Each First Nation involved in the contracting process likely has its own specific education-related goals. Some may have a good working relationship with their local school district and may want their children to continue attending provincial schools. In such situations, contracts can formalize aspects of this relationship and clearly define the rights and obligations of each party. In other cases, First Nations may wish to continue to work with the provincial system, but with stronger decision-making capacities and greater influence over the education provided to their children.
However, some First Nations may wish to establish their own education authorities, schools and, in some cases, school authorities. The debate on education issues will vary depending on the needs and circumstances of each First Nation.