Titre: Suggestions for settlement of Manitoba School Question from Dominion Commissioners for Manitoba Governement
Auteur: Smith, Donald A.
Source: Archives of Manitoba, MG14 B41, Clifford Sifton - Affidavits, etc. re: Manitoba School Question
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Suggestions for settlement of Manitoba School Question from
Dominion Commissioners for Manitoba Governement.
Confidential
Legislation shall be passed at the present Session of the Manitoba Legis-
lature to provide that in towns and villages where there are resident, say,
twenty-five Roman Catholic children of school age, and in cities where there
are, say, fifty of such children, the Board of Trustees shall arrange that
such children shall have a school-house or school-room for their own use,
where they may be taught by a Roman Catholic teacher, and Roman Catholic
parents or guardians, say, ten in number, may appeal to the Department of Education from
any decision or neglect of the Board in respect of its duty under this clause,
and the Board shall observe and carry out all decisions and directions of
the Department on any such appeal.
Provisions shall be made by this legislation that schools wherein the
majority of children are Catholics should be exempted from the requirements
of the regulations as to religious exercises.
That text-books be permitted in Catholic Schools such as will not offend
the religious views of the majority, and which from an educational stand-
point shall be satisfactory to the Advisory Board.
Catholics to have representation on the Adivsory Board.
Catholics to have representation on the Board of Examiners appointed
to examine teachers for certificates.
It is also claimed that Catholics should have assistance in the mainten-
ence of Normal School for the education of their teachers.
The existing system of permits to non-qualified teachers in Catholic
Schools to be continued for, say, two years, to enable them to qualifiy, and

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