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14 March 2012
(Saskatoon, SK) The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is pleased that both Premier Brad Wall and Education Minister Donna Harpauer publicly support the statements that First Nations have been making for many years. Comparable funding for First Nations schools is a key factor in the improvement of education on reserve. The upcoming Joint Task Force on Improving Education and Employment Outcomes in Saskatchewan is poised to address this and other concerns.
“First Nations believe in a consistent, quality education and successful achievement rates for our students who are the future of our communities,” says FSIN Vice Chief Simon Bird. “An educated First Nations workforce will allow full participation in the economic and social benefits enjoyed in Saskatchewan today”.It should be noted that the schools of the 74 First Nations already deliver the provincial curriculum. The teachers on reserve have been certified by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education and most have been trained in Saskatchewan’s universities.
Additionally the FSIN Education Secretariat continues to lobby for better curricular supports and resources for First Nations schools. The Ministry of education could assist this work by focussing on improvements for the curriculum to address the 1989, provincial education mandate to include First Nations content, perspectives and ways of knowing in all subject areas and the Treaty education mandate from 2007. Curriculum and resources are urgently required for First Nations language immersion at this time.
“With the benefit of comparable funding for First Nations schools our students can achieve success and improve their lives. An educated First Nations population means a better Saskatchewan and benefits society as a whole,” says Vice Chief Bird. “Recently federal and provincial politicians have identified First Nations education as a priority. It is hoped that the upcoming budgets will support their strong words.”
The FSIN Education and Training Secretariat advocates for the 74 First Nations on Education issues in order to honour the spirit and intent of Treaty. The Education and Training Secretariat also advocates the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty Right to Education that was made more than a century ago. Life-long learning is our Treaty Vision.
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of Treaty, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.
For More Information Visit www.fsin.com
Mervin Brass, Executive Director of Communications
Email BlackBerry: mervin.brass[at]fsin.com
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