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Education Findings Submitted To Province PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Monday, 22 September 2014 13:34

Two advisors have wrapped up province-wide meetings and handed over their findings to the education sector and the Government of Saskatchewan.

Former Saskatchewan RCMP Chief Superintendent Russ Mirasty and Patricia Prowse of Saskatoon took part in 120 forums involving nearly 1000 students, parents and teachers from provincial and First Nations schools.

Mirasty says at each forum , three main questions were asked.

"What is working well for you in education, what are some of the barriers that get in the way of students achieving their best, and third of course after listening to that, what needs to change to make it better for students around the province".

Visits to First Nations were part of the process and Mirasty says the discrepancy in funding for reserve schools was a topic which repeatedly came up.

"That was talked about a lot and it's impact, the impact it has on the ability of those schools to provide what's needed, and even the younger students recognize that so it wasn't just an administrator saying our funding levels aren't the same".

A discussion guide and toolkit available to the public includes a summary of what was heard and the themes that emerged during the engagement process.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 13:39
Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Wants Apology From RCMP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Friday, 19 September 2014 17:45

The chief of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band is outraged over a Facebook posting attributed to a Saskatchewan RCMP member.

The posting was a response to an incident that recently took place on the Sucker River reserve where shots were fired.

The post read: "Drunk uneducated animals shooting at each other".

Chief Tammy Cook-Searson says she wants an apology.  She says there should be zero tolerance for these types of comments.

"There has to be strong repercussions -- otherwise, things like this will keep happening. It is simply and totally unacceptable and we will not let it go. The RCMP's role is to protect and serve, not make disparaging comments."

The RCMP confirms one of its members is under investigation for allegedly making the comments.

Appeal Court's Decision Gives Hope To Former Students Of Timber Bay Children's Home PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Friday, 19 September 2014 17:43

There is a partial win in an attempt to certify a class action lawsuit on behalf of First Nations students who attended the Timber Bay Children's Home near Montreal Lake.

Attempts to launch the action were thrown out by a lower court judge, but the Saskatchewan court of appeal has ruled it will hear arguments on why the case should go ahead.

The federal government rejected compensation payments to the students because the school fell outside the residential school settlement agreement.

This court action was filed on behalf of the students.

A separate claim by the Lac La Ronge Indian band was rejected but that decision is under appeal.

But band chief Tammy Cook-Searson says the appeal court's rationale in agreeing to hear the appeal of the class action suit will help the band's case, as well.

"With this decision, it's very strong and favourable for our appeal moving forward. So this is really a terrific decision for us and it's really favourable for our case."

There is no word on when the appeal will be heard.

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