SK Following Their Voices initiative sees increasing Indigenous class attendance rates

November 30, 2016

The new Saskatchewan-based initiative called Following Their Voices has led to increased classroom attendance and graduation rates among First Nations and Métis students. The initiative helps engage and support First Nations and  Métis students by improving student-teacher relationships and creating positive learning environments for students. “I’m delighted to see that observing and listening to students has had such a positive impact on our schools,” said Director of Education for Treaty Six Education Council Pat Bugler.  “By ensuring that each student’s voice is being heard we will continue to improve their learning environments, build relationships and encourage better interactions between the students and teachers.” In 2015-2016, the initiative saw a 10% increase in First Nations and Métis students attending class at least 80% of the time, a 4% increase in average attendance of First Nations and Métis students, a 2% average increase in average attendance for all students, and a 1% increase in credit attainment. Global News | SK