Finding success with Following Their Voices

Education Minister Don Morgan shakes a students hand during a visit to Robin Cameron High School in Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation. © Herald photo by Jason Kerr.

Government lauds work of student program entering its third year

The provincial government says the next stage of Following Their Voices has been a success.

The education program was created to help develop positive relationships between aboriginal students and their teachers, while also improving attendance and overall participation.

The program was given a trial run at five Saskatchewan schools, one of which was Wesmor Public High School in Prince Albert, before being rolled out to 17 schools for the 2015-16 school year.

One of those schools was the Constable Robin Cameron Education Complex on Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation. On Friday, Education Minister Don Morgan was on hand to congratulate the school on their success.

“I’m really excited to see some real positive outcomes from it, and I’m happy to see the engagement on the part of the teachers and on the part of the students,” he said.

Following their Voices was originally developed in New Zealand to aid Māori students, who were struggling in the countries education system. Administrators in Saskatchewan made a few tweaks to the program before using it in Saskatchewan school, after receiving input from local elders and First Nations educators.

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