07/10/2013 10:18 EDT | Updated 09/09/2013 05:12 EDT

First Nations in Saskatchewan urged to write their own education rules

SASKATOON - The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is urging all Saskatchewan First Nations to create their own education legislation before the end of the summer.

This is in response to news that Aboriginal Affairs will be creating a National Education Act by the fall of 2014.

FSIN Vice-chief Bobby Cameron said it's important each First Nation has legislation in place before the federal government comes out with its own rules.

He says they must demonstrate their authority at the band level so Ottawa cannot come in and force something on them.

The FSIN said many of the outcomes Aboriginal Affairs is expecting from future legislation are already in place on Saskatchewan First Nations.

That includes attendance and structure requirements similar to the province, recognized high school diplomas and education support services.

Cameron said there is a huge gap in education funding between on-reserve schools and provincial schools that needs to be addressed as on-reserve schools get $6,500 per student and provincial school students get $10,500 a student.

Cameron said once comparable funding issues are addressed, they will be more co-operative and there will be improvements in First Nations education.