MOU aims to strengthen Metis student success
- NC Raine | July 25, 2018
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Metis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S) and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) in order to strengthen the commitment to Metis student success.
The MOU, signed at Batoche on July 20th, focuses on the inclusion of Metis ways of knowing, culture, and traditions as a well-rounded approach to helping Metis students overcome obstacles that affect their educational success. This is the first cooperation between the MN-S and the SSBA.
“This is indeed a historic say in the education of Metis in the province, and indeed all students and people in the province,” said Dr. Earl Cook, MN-S Education Minister. “Part of our role as the MN-S is to build positive relationships with all residents of Saskatchewan and share our stories and experiences in our own voice. Signing this MOU means to do just that.”
The MOU recognizes the importance of positive Metis identity and education for both Metis and non-Metis students. The MN-S and SSBA will work together, in the spirit of reconciliation, in all aspects of the education system as students, teachers, elders, board members, and decision makers.
“All twenty-seven school divisions within the province are excited to work with the Metis Nation to ensure the Metis ways of knowing and learning are infused in our curriculum,” said Dr. Shawn Davidson, president of the SSBA. “Teachers are well-equipped to share that knowledge with our students, be them Metis or non-Metis, throughout the province. And that is a very important for reconciliation.”
The MOU will effect all 18 public, eight separate, and one francophone school divisions in Saskatchewan.