SK First Nations form strategic partnerships

March 26, 2014

Nine Saskatchewan First Nations have formed the Treaty 6 Education Council in order to streamline and consolidate second-level service delivery. “We’re just trying to bring it back together, just to help us find efficiencies to be reinvested back into services and supports and programs for the schools and students,” explained Pat Bugler, the new Director of Education for the council. The second-level services covered by the agreement include curriculum development and support, treaty-language and culture co-ordination, professional development, supervision and evaluation of teachers, special education services, speech services, educational psychologist assessments, and training for those working with high needs students. A participating school from the Mosquito First Nation recently paired with a non-Aboriginal school from a local community for a day of activities and education involving Indigenous knowledge and traditions. The idea was for students to “get to know each other, form some relationships, deal with some of our feelings and beliefs and attitudes around how we get along and engage in culture, and share through shared histories and stories that we have,” said participating educator Sherron Burns. Battlefords News-Optimist (education council) | Battlefords News-Optimist (Mosquito)