The SSBA offers First Nations and Métis Education Services in support of its strategic plan and the Aboriginal Council, which consists of all self-identified First Nations and Métis school board members in Saskatchewan. The Aboriginal Council elects one member to act as the Aboriginal Constituency representative on the SSBA Provincial Executive.
Position Paper — Mandatory Curriculum
Saskatchewan School Boards Association’s Advocacy Paper for Mandatory Curriculum that includes the rich and diverse history of First Nations and Métis Peoples pre-contact and the legacy of the Indian Residential Schools:
Orange Shirt Day
Sept. 30, 2016, has been officially proclaimed as “Orange Shirt Day” in Saskatchewan as an opportunity to ensure discussion happens about residential schools.
This marks the first year that Orange Shirt Day has been officially recognized in the province.
According to its website, Orange Shirt Day is “an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in a spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.”
The movement is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, B.C., in 2013. It grew out of the account of a young girl having her new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission.
At the Saskatchewan School Boards Association Spring General Assembly in April, members passed a resolution to request that the Government of Saskatchewan officially recognize this day.
Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program
As part of its work, First Nations and Métis Education Services currently facilitates the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program in Saskatchewan.
The AYEP was designed by the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative. In 2013, Saskatchewan became the first jurisdiction in Canada to launch the program province-wide, with the support of PotashCorp and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. The unique program is targeted at First Nations and Métis to increase attendance and engagement at school and improve graduation rates.
With the third year of provincial operations set to commence for the 2015-16 school year, the AYEP in Saskatchewan now receives support from all levels of government and the private sector. For 2015-16, the AYEP is receiving funding support from the federal government through AANDC, the provincial government through the Ministry of Education, locally elected school boards and Affinity Credit Union. The AYEP has also been generously supported in Saskatchewan by PotashCorp.
Strategic Advisor, First Nations and Métis Education (ext. 119)
The logo was created by Shelley Brown and Shelley Daye. The bear paw is symbolic of power and protection and the colors yellow, red, white and black represent the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health of First Nations people. The Métis sash symbolizes the pride of the Métis people. And we used the dream catcher to unite both First nations and Métis people and to show that nations united are stronger than any one alone and that they can support each other in power, health and friendship.