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Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Sponsors Traditional Knowledge Keepers Program

Press Release

September 20, 2019

REGINA – Through a gift to the Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation is proud to support the expansion of the Elder in Residence Program. Through the Federation’s sponsorship, the Traditional Knowledge Keepers Program will help connect Elders and Knowledge Keepers with the community. The programs will be available to school groups and the public.

“We are proud to support this investment in our culture, future and learning,” said Patrick Maze, STF President. “As teachers, we know learning and recognizing the past is necessary to build understanding of one another. We believe programs such as this, reaching a wide range of audiences and demographic, can play an important role in the truth and reconciliation process.”

The Federation is dedicated to teaching and learning excellence and providing support and opportunities to teachers and students throughout the province. This partnership not only meets these organizational goals, but also aligns with the Federation’s values of contributing to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the subsequent Calls to Action.

The sponsorship will help ensure Elders and Knowledge Keepers have an integral role in programs at the museum and additional opportunities to connect with diverse audiences by sharing their skills and knowledge. Workshops will be part of existing Indigenous programming at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum and topics will range from storytelling, plant use and hide tanning to demonstrations of traditional art, such as beading and quillwork.

It is expected workshops will be incorporated into existing programming, including:

  • Orange Shirt Day (September 30)
  • Saskatchewan Indigenous Storytelling (January – March)
  • National Indigenous History Month (June)
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21)
  • Other events involving morning prayer

It is anticipated more than 2,500 students will participate in the new program over the next year.

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