Sask. Poly, FSIN sign for­mal agree­ment

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - LOCAL - DAILY HER­ALD STAFF

Saskatchewan Polytech­nic has signed an agree­ment with The Fed­er­a­tion of Sov­er­eign In­dige­nous Na­tions (FSIN) to en­hance ser­vices and pro­gram­ming for First Na­tions stu­dents.

The two party signed a five-year me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing Tues­day to “set a frame­work to pro­mote the in­her­ent and treaty right to ed­u­ca­tion for First Na­tions stu­dents and im­ple­ment­ing the calls to ac­tion of the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion of Canada,” they an­nounced in a me­dia re­lease.

The agree­ment is a high-level ex­pres­sion of shared in­ter­ests and de­sired out­comes, in­clud­ing fos­ter­ing eco­nomic, cul­tural and so­cial devel­op­ment and in­creas­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity to post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion for In­dige­nous Stu­dents.

In­di­vid­ual ini­tia­tives will be de­vel­oped through col­lab­o­ra­tion, high­light­ing strate­gies, pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties both or­ga­ni­za­tions can take on to sup­port First Na­tions Stu­dents. The two or­ga­ni­za­tions are work­ing to­wards a shared ac­count­abil­ity frame­work. “Our Treaty Right to Ed­u­ca­tion is the key to pros­per­ity for our First Na­tions peo­ple and it is one of our man­dates to make sure we are build­ing strong re­la­tion­ships with fa­cil­i­ties that rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of it as well,” said Chief Bobby Cameron.

“First Na­tions stu­dent suc­cess is a main pri­or­ity and we are pleased to ac­knowl­edge this with Saskatchewan Polytech­nic.”

“For­mal­iz­ing our re­la­tion­ship with the FSIN is an im­por­tant step to en­hanc­ing ser­vices and pro­gram­ming for our First Na­tions stu­dents,” says Pres­i­dent and CEO of Sask. Polytech Dr. Larry Rosia.

“First Na­tions stu­dents are an im­por­tant part of our cam­pus com­mu­nity. Guided by the prin­ci­ples of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, we con­tinue to look for op­por­tu­ni­ties to holis­ti­cally in­te­grate First Na­tions ways of know­ing, teach­ing and learn­ing into our prac­tices, pro­ce­dures and ser­vices. This re­la­tion­ship will en­hance the work our First Na­tions Stu­dent Suc­cess Strat­egy team has al­ready be­gun.”

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