Request for Proposals Matawa First Nations Education Authority Cost of Education Report Implementation December 22, 2017
Matawa First Nations Education
Matawa First Nations is a Tribal Council of nine Northern Ontario First Nations located in Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN). The Matawa First Nations Education Authority (MFNEA) provides quality, accessible, community based educational support services for participating Matawa First Nation schools. In addition, the MFNEA provides post-secondary support services and operates the Matawa Learning Centre. Further information about the MFNEA and the Matawa First Nation schools can be found on our website: http://education.matawa.on.ca.
Regional Education Strategic Plan
In July 2015, the Matawa Chiefs in Assembly approved by resolution the renewed Regional Education Strategic Plan. The new strategic plan includes ten strategic initiatives, each of which has associated short-, medium- and long-term goals. The ten strategic initiatives are:
A Matawa First Nation Curriculum and Incorporation of First Nation Culture and History
Student and Parental Supports
Minimum Standards and Reporting
Student Attendance, Retention and Completion
Teacher Recruitment and Retention
Post-Secondary School Readiness and Retention
The Chiefs resolution also called for the development of strategic and business plans for the MFNEA, which will inform the role that the MFNEA will take in the implementation of the new strategic initiatives and what organizational structure will best facilitate this work.
In 2017, MFNEA conducted a study of the costs associated with education in the Matawa First Nations. The result of this study was a report comparing the costs of education in a Matawa First Nation and a nearby comparable public school board. The report provided a number of recommendations to implement in order for Matawa First Nations to deliver an education program at least meeting the standard level of the province.
ll. Scope of Work
Matawa First Nations Education Authority Cost of Education Implementation Plan
The MFNEA is seeking to develop an implementation plan for the Cost of Education report which identified the needs and related costs to bring Matawa schools, education programs and services, and related infrastructure equal to and exceeding provincial standards, in order to implement the renewed Regional Education Strategic Plan.
To this end, the MFNEA is requesting proposals from qualified consultants, or firms with a demonstrated ability to provide professional services, for the development of an implementation plan for the Cost of Education report to provide direction for the continued growth, sustainability and development of the Matawa First Nations schools and MFNEA. Specifically, the qualified consultant or firm will be required to:
Review the Regional Education Strategic Plan;
Review the Cost of Education report;
Review the Matawa First Nations’ schools current education programs, services and related infrastructure through community and school visits and interviews with key groups;
Review Jury Recommendations from First Nations Youth Inquest and other available documentation such as Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and operational and policy documents for regional school boards and the Ministry of Education;
Research best practices from across the country including but not limited to provincial Ministries of Education, First Nations education organizations and provincial school boards for carrying out the implementation plan; and
Prepare a detailed implementation plan of the Cost of Education report recommendations for improving programs, services and related infrastructure.
Deliverables for this contract will include:
Meetings and/or discussions to gather input and feedback
An implementation plan including a work schedule with cost analysis reflecting timelines, required staffing and avenues for funding to carry out the implementation of the recommendations. The implementation plan should be of sufficient quality as to inform the development of long-range planning for improved programs, services and infrastructure for the schools, as well as identifying any role MFNEA might provide in moving this work forward.
III. Requirements for RFP
A summary of process to be followed
A schedule of activities
Final pricing, including HST
Three references from similar past projects
IV. Schedule of Work
Review of relevant documents
Review available documentation and conduct interviews with staff and applicable stakeholders regarding the strategic initiatives or activities outlined in MFNEA’s Cost of Education report, Regional Education Strategic Plan and Jury Recommendations from First Nations Youth Inquest. Review other available documentation such as Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and operational and policy documents for regional school boards and the Ministry of Education.
January 22, 2018
Update meeting to discuss progress and next steps
Gather input from MFNEA Board of Directors (MFNEA BoD)
Facilitate a meeting and discussion to gather input from the MFNEA BoD for the implementation plans for each Matawa school and MFNEA.
February 2, 2018
Meeting & discussion facilitation
Prepare draft implementation plan for the MFNEA to review
Based on the reviews, visits, interviews and other related sources of information, draft a plan for each Matawa school and MFNEA in order to implement the Cost of Education report.
February 23, 2018
Draft implementation plan
Present draft implementation plan to the MFNEA BoD
Facilitate a meeting and discussion to review the implementation plans for each Matawa school and MFNEA.
March 9, 2018
Meeting & discussion facilitation
Revised implementation plan
Revise implementation plan based on feedback from the MFNEA BoD and the Matawa Education Department.
March 23, 2018
Final implementation plan
Deadline for Submission
Proposals must be received by fax, email or at the address specified no later than January 12, 2018.
The successful consultant will complete all work on or before March 31, 2018.
VII. Queries and Clarifications
For queries and clarifications regarding the RFP, please contact:
Sharon Nate, MFNEA Manager
Matawa First Nations Education Authority
28 Cumberland Street N., 5th Floor
Thunder Bay ON P7A 4K9