Saskatoon Public Schools and the Whitecap Dakota First Nation are partners in a unique alliance that provides inspiring learning and educational opportunities to all students in our communities.
The educational partnership agreement between Saskatoon Public Schools and the Whitecap Dakota First Nation was signed in September 2014 and runs until 2018, with provisions for renewal. It is supported by a companion funding agreement between the school division and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada with the same four-year term. The goal is to enhance educational opportunities and supports for all Whitecap students. The agreement sees federal funding for the education of Whitecap students flow to Saskatoon Public Schools.
Charles Red Hawk Elementary School, located on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation, is an alliance school of Saskatoon Public Schools. The school is operated by Saskatoon Public Schools and all professional teaching staff are employees of the division. Students from the First Nation attend Charles Red Hawk School from Prekindergarten to Grade 4.
Beginning in Grade 5, students attend schools in Saskatoon. As of September 2017 Chief Whitecap School, located in the Stonebridge neighbourhood, will be the designated school for Whitecap Dakota First Nation students in Grade 5-8. As part of this partnership the federal government provided $2.7 million in funding to support additional space and amenities as part of the construction of Chief Whitecap School.
The educational alliance is an extension of long-standing agreements in place since the mid-1990s for Whitecap students to attend public schools in Saskatoon.