As always, it has been a very busy past couple of weeks in the Education Department!
We are very excited that we have found a Speech and Language Pathologist that is willing to provide remote service to the community with the potential of in-community visits in the future. This is a wonderful opportunity for any families that would like to have a Speech and Language assessment completed for their child. It is often extremely difficult to get an SLP in the province, so we are hopeful that families will take advantage of this opportunity.
Students at the school are continuing their culture sessions with Teleia Dettieh. The next culture project is hide tanning. Teleia is also making plans to meet with Elder Mary to translate words into the Beaver language. We are hopeful that we will have these words visible in the school soon.
Our Education Team participated in Dash Robot Training. We received 4 dash robots from Ulnooweg Education Centre in Halifax at no cost. We reached out to their organization earlier this year and they generously sent robots for the students to learn to drive and to code. We are confident that the students are going to be better than any of the adults in no time.
Members of the Education Team attended the Authorized Representative meeting and FNSA Conference in Vancouver. FNESC shared that Adult Education is going to be a priority over the next five years. There is a new source of funding that will be available to support adult learning in communities. There is a meeting being scheduled in June to learn of the particulars.
Our adult student is continuing to be doing very well in BC First Peoples 12. The Connected Classrooms platform that he is using is proving to be a successful tool. Prophet has had this technology for several years, but it hasn’t ever been used the right way. Our adult student is setting the bar for being able to access it and use it efficiently. There will be another intake for Connected Classrooms at the end of the summer. Please reach out if there are any courses that are of interest to you.
Chief Askoty, Diane & Leah attended the Indigenous Education Council meeting with FNFN and SD 81. It is a meeting where we continue to push for change and the prioritizing of Indigenous Students in SD 81.
Our two older students attended the Youth Empowerment Gathering in Edmonton. This is a gathering for Indigenous students from across Canada. Students learned about educational and career opportunities and were inspired to finish high school, go on to post-secondary, and move into exciting careers.