Program Exposes Pre-Schoolers To Native Culture

Monday, April 11, 2005 at 15:14



Weyerhaeuser is providing $10,000 for the establishment of a new Aboriginal awareness program in Prince Albert.


The program began last year in Saskatoon and involves staff from Wanuskewin Heritage Park.


The workers tour community schools where they talk to young kids about Aboriginal culture and traditions and what they mean.


The program’s purpose is to foster greater understanding between First Nations, Metis and non-Aboriginal children.


Weyerhaeuser spokesman Wayne Roznowsky says the company is excited about the program, which includes things like puppet shows, round dances and stories.


Meanwhile, officials from Wanuskewin say demand for the pre-school Aboriginal awareness program is so high they can’t keep up with the demand.


Today’s funding announcement runs out at the end of the year, but Roznowsky says it will likely be renewed for years to come.


The program intended for children from preschool to Grade Two.