uSask, Buffy Sainte-Marie create Saskatchewan Cradleboard Initiative

March 26, 2014

The University of Saskatchewan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Cradle Board Teaching Project Founder and recording artist Buffy Sainte-Marie to create the Saskatchewan Cradleboard Initiative (SCI). The initiative is a cross-cultural educational resource project to support kindergarten through grade 8 students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The program’s curriculum will be developed by uSask students, Sainte-Marie’s Nihewin Foundation Canada, and Aboriginal educators; it will support the provincial science curriculum’s explicit mandate to co-present Indigenous and western perspectives on science at all levels of learning. An open-access website will host resources such as learning challenges for youth and news stories featuring Aboriginal youth taking a leadership role in the shaping of their education. “The contributions of First Nations to science and technology have been immense, and are a source of pride and inspiration to Aboriginal school kids, once they are provided with opportunities to learn about them,” says Sainte-Marie. “I am continually grateful and appreciative of those people who are able to expand teaching and learning across cultural borders.” uSask News Release