b'ManitobaUpdateReport to the CSBA Board of Directors May 2023Re-Commitment to the Collaborative Indigenous Education BlueprintAs the first of its kind in Canada, the Collaborative Blueprint on Indigenous Education was first ratified in late 2015 by each public university and college in Manitoba alongside of MSBA, serving as representative of the public K-12 Education system. This Blueprint provided 11 broad commitments for each partner to sign on, by way of advancing and improving Indigenous education across the educational spectrum. On April 14, the partners re-affirmed their commitment to the Blueprint given the five year term of each cycle. Over the years, partners have been joined by many ex-officio and observer entities including government, independent schools and Indigenous organizations. This latest iteration of the Blueprint includes formalization of both the Manitoba Government and Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (which provides curricular and programming support to several First Nations schools) included as partners under the framework. For more information on the Blueprint: https://www.mcieb.caMemorandum of Agreement with the Manitoba Mtis Federation On April 17, the Government signed an MOA with the MMF leading to the establishment of a new working group (including representation from MSBA) devoted to: Learning and other supports that facilitate a healthy and cultural early learning environment for young Mtis learners; The nature and scope of the learning environment, associated supports, and curricula to facilitate the increased success of Mtis learners in the K to 12 education system; The support system to assist in the transition of Mtis students to enter the workforce and/or colleges/universities and/or succeed in other educational opportunities (i.e. adult learning); The data, best practices, and other research systems to track, benchmark, and improve Mtis educational outcomes; Develop policy recommendations to improve the education system for Mtis learners; The role of government, school boards, school divisions, and schools in coordinating education supports and achieving better educational outcomes for Mtis learners. After many years of patience following the Daniels v. Canada decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, this MOU signals the first steps in Manitoba towards the equal treatment of Mtis pupils as First Nations pupils for K-12 funding arrangements. At current time, the MMF has signalled its intention to promote Mtis education within and to work with partners in the public education system, rather than to establish an autonomous educational provider, such as its own Educational Authority. First Official Update re: K-12 Action PlanFirst announced by Manitobas Government in April, 2022, the K-12 Action Plan represents a series of initiatives designed to respond to the final recommendations of the K-12 Education Review Commission (which had earlier been released on the same day as the infamous Bill 64 March 9, 2021). Since that time, the Government has steadily released plans and initiatives related to the Action Plan (including the three reports outlined in this present update. MSBA is the only non-Government stakeholder that has been assigned lead responsibility for implementation of a Review Commission recommendation, in respect of providing trustees with essentials and foundations in educational governance. With the completion of our associations fall PD day (Dec 1) and annual convention (Mar 16) following the recent school board elections last October, actualisation of this recommendation is well underway. For current status of all Manitoba K-12 Action Plan items, please see the Governments new online dashboard at: https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/action_plan/index.html Provincial Collective BargainingAs we have shared in past, Manitoba is currently implementing its first round of provincial teacher bargaining. To date, teachers have tabled their opening position. In view of government not being represented at the bargaining table as is true of other jurisdictions, MSBA has clearly signalled to Government the desirability of receiving new funds to support future settlement costs (which are estimated to exceed the rate of inflation and normal growth due to harmonization impacts). Manitobas Francophone School Division retains its autonomy in teacher bargaining and to that end, MSBA as employer agent continues to liaise for purpose of achieving alignment to the extent possible. Based on current timeframes, the earliest resolution to a table-bargained outcome would be late spring, while a more conservative timeline would be mid-fall. We shall continue to share updates with CSBA as this important work continues.'