Sask. Poly, FSIN sign formal agreement
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.”