Native Youth To Be Taught Agriculture In School

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 15:08



A First Nations educator says more Aboriginal kids need to learn about the importance of farming.


Diane Kesokeo of the First Nations Youth Education Program says she plans to launch classes in 12 different First Nations schools this fall, in an effort to inform students in Grades 4-6 about agriculture in the province.


In addition, the program will promote the Youth Livestock Program within the First Nations community and provide information sessions on developing agricultural co-operatives.


Kesokeo says she has talked to elders about the idea and many of them support it.


She says the project is on a trial basis, and they will reassess its future when the first year is done.


The program is being made possible through a $115,000 grant from the provincial government to the First Nations Agricultural Council of Saskatchewan.