1. The Aurora College Act and the Education Act allow for only one college to be accredited in the Northwest Territories. The Collège nordique francophone is of the view accreditation would provide it with several advantages and has therefore made many efforts to pursue post-secondary accreditation. This although there is no system for accrediting post-secondary institutions in the NWT.
Will you support legislative reform to establish a system for accrediting post-secondary institutions in the NWT so that the CNF may pursue its goal of attaining post-secondary accreditation? If so how soon?
The reform that you refer to would require an amendment to both acts. This, as you know, would be a lengthy process, but one that the College deserves. I would support of such reform once tabled in the Legislative Assembly. Amendments would then be debated by members.
2. The College nordique francophone has developed a business plan and has established many partnerships (Collège à‰ducacentre in Vancouver, Centre Collégial de l’Alberta, Campus St-Jean, University of Alberta, Université de Saint-Boniface in Winnipeg). Since its creation in November 2011, the CNF has provided French as a second language training to federal and territorial departments, the Department of National Defence, and French as a first language to ECE, as well as conversational-based French classes through its continuing education program for the general public. However, insufficient resources coupled with inadequate instructional facilities and the uncertainty of long term funding that is not assured or guaranteed, has left the CNF in a precarious position.
Will you support guaranteed, long term, additional funding for the Collège nordique francophone?
I commend you on your initiatives and the many valued partnerships that you have forged. I am also grateful for the second language training that you have provided for government employees in various departments. I would certainly work hard to help the college develop new partnerships to help obtain resources and facilities. We wish to continue having your help in providing second language training.
I encourage CNF to develop a business plan with detailed budget estimates. It’s always better for proponents to have well-defined plans before seeking financial assistance from any level of government.
As you know, the Government of the Northwest Territories is entering a period of fiscal constraint. The Standing Committee on Priorities and Planning and the 18th Assembly will need to weigh budget priorities very carefully for the next few years. That said CNF has a track record that may help convince Members to support your request.