Northern SK addresses teacher shortage

May 15, 2019

A teaching shortage in Northern Saskatchewan has led the Lac La Ronge Indian Band and the Gabriel Dumont Institute to partner on training for local educators. Lac La Ronge Education Director Simon Bird told CBC that attracting educators from Southern SK to teach in the north has been difficult, adding, "I think what was missing is having our own First Nations perspective, our own First Nations local instructors really take the driver's seat and attract our Indigenous teachers." Such a connection is pertinent in light of the teacher shortage in SK’s Northern Lights School Division, noted Geordy McCaffrey, Executive Director of the Gabriel Dumont Institute. The program currently costs about $20K per year for each student, but this could change based on each student's circumstances. CBC (SK)