SK teachers: Province must show more direction in education on Indigenous languages, culture 

February 6, 2019

The union representing Saskatchewan’s teachers is calling on the province’s Ministry of Education to improve the ways it allocates people and resources for Indigenous language instruction in public schools, reports Battlefords NOW. Representatives from the union have reportedly been meeting with Indigenous leaders across the province. “I think everyone knows how important culture is in helping improve First Nations and Metis [graduation rates], and if culture is important then certainly language is a keystone to any culture,” said Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation President Patrick Maze, who added that the government has a moral imperative to preserve Indigenous languages. The SK government has stated that it provides funding to school divisions, which decide their own programming choices, although Maze said that Indigenous leaders want to see strong direction at the government level. Battlefords NOW CBC (SK)