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The E-12 Guideline was first released in 1975, and was part of a total package of education guideline circulars that were all unilaterally designed by D.I.A.N.D. Provision for Indian consultation were made only to allow Indian people to make their recommendations to the policies. They were never included in the development process. Despite the lack of Indian input, Treasury Board authorized the E-12 in 1977.
Since that time, our students have been attempting to have their concerns regarding the E- 12 seriously considered. In March 1978, our students submitted their recommendations to the Regional Superintendent of Continuing Education of D.I.A.N.D. They were later told that their recommendation would only be considered after one year of implementing the E- 12 in Saskatchewan. We have since been informed that they would like to establish a Regional committee to look at possible revisions. However, as the E- 12 is a national Guideline, the committee will not be in a position to change the basic intent of the Guidelines which does conflict with our Treaty Rights. Under the E-12, our students will be required to seek alternative sources of funding for their education support and will also have to make a personal contribution towards their education.
With the E-12, students may receive subsidies for housing, childcare, and transportation. However, restrictions will be placed on students in terms of limiting the time spent on pursuing their studies, in restricting the student's choice of educational institutes, and by imposing further restrictions on the procedures of receiving and maintaining support. The E-12 will force students to carry full loads of classes each year due to the time restrictions. Students will also be discouraged from taking summer classes, as the time limit is calculated according to when one receives education assistance. It is not based on the amount of classes taken by the student.
We, as students, cannot reject the E-12 and expect D.I.A.N.D. to follow its old Education policy. Their system used prior to the E-12 could not accommodate the increasing number of students attending classes. Nor can we resolve our concerns on a Regional Committee.
We have been forced to design our own Post-Secondary Education Administrative guidelines which we hope will replace the E-12 in Saskat-
Provincial Student Representative