A program aimed at strengthening cultural awareness is playing an important role in encouraging youth who are enthusiastic about participating in Indigenous culture and sharing it with their schools and families.
The Indigenous Cultural Arts and Language program provides instruction in many aspects of Indigenous culture and arts for both elementary and high school students who attend Saskatoon Public Schools.
The program will run on Tuesdays for 10 weeks at Hugh Cairns V.C. School. Program registration and instructor introductions take place Oct. 15 beginning at 4 p.m. The program is open to all Saskatoon Public Schools students. The weekly session for elementary students runs from 4 to 4: 45 p.m. followed by the high school session from 5 to 5:45 p.m.
The Indigenous Cultural Arts and Language program is part of the division's commitment to culturally responsive learning and the vital role that culture and the arts play in the development of strong learners, schools and communities. It offers instruction in pow wow dance, pow wow song and drum and Métis jigging, Métis fiddle and Indigenous arts.
Introductory Indigenous language classes are offer in Nêhiyâwiwin (Cree), Nakota, Dene, Nakwé (Saulteaux), Mètis/Michif, and Dakota/Lakota.
Participation and completion of the 10-week program will qualify high school students for the SPS Indigenous Ensemble.
For more information and registration contact Don Speidel, cultural resource liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (306) 683-8317 or Hugh Cairns V.C. School at HughCairnsSchool@spsd.sk.ca or (306) 683-7270.
View the Indigenous Cultural Arts and Language poster for further details.