A major Indigenous educational conference kicked off in Saskatoon this morning with a keynote address from Cameco official Gary Merasty.

The two-day Awasis Aboriginal Education Conference draws educators from across North America and around the world.

Merasty, a former teacher himself, says there are lots of things to celebrate in terms of achievements in Aboriginal education in recent years.

“What I was trying to get across was there is a lot to be proud of in a short period of time,” he says. “There has been a lot achieved in First Nations and Métis education and we really need to shout this out from the hill and use them as we address some of the gaps and challenges.”

About 450 educators are on hand to discuss, among other things, ways of incorporating Indigenous content into the curriculum.

This is the 37th year of the conference.