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Saskatoon Public Schools
Inspiring Learning
Vision, Purpose and Goals

Brightwater Vision Statement

Brightwater offers opportunities for inspiration and discovery with development of a deeper understanding of self within community. Brightwater experiences strive to create sustainable and meaningful connections to the land through instructional programming, hands–on learning and engagement in Indigenous ways of knowing. Brightwater enhances learning to meet the provincial curriculum and is premised on holistic experiences within the prairie landscape from Indigenous and Western worldviews.

Brightwater Purpose

The Brightwater Science and Environmental program functions to inform, guide and move the Saskatoon Public Schools community toward a global ethic of education for sustainable development, including environmental, social and economic sustainability. Brightwater programming aligns new curricula to inquiry, which provides students with opportunities to build on prior knowledge, skills and attitudes toward the land. Brightwater programming, the Saskatoon Public Schools site and the PotashCorp Eco-Science and Indigenous Learning Centre reflect place-based 21st century learning and environmental sustainability.  

Brightwater Goals

  • To provide all students with opportunities to be appreciative and responsive to nature, wildlife, land, water, air and one’s place within the natural world.
  • To emphasize holistic reflection and self-awareness within the context of nature and ceremonies that honour the spiritual connection to the land of the First Peoples of Saskatchewan.
  • To encourage the exploration of a wide variety of career paths, including entrepreneurship, through Brightwater experiences as they relate to the environment, economics and social justice.
  • To demonstrate the collective value of sustainable use of natural resources for future generations and to help students understand the impact of human society on the natural environment.
  • To demonstrate active sustainability from ethical resource use from Western perspectives and Indigenous ways of knowing.
  • To inspire and sustain ecological learning and other connections to the land through a wide variety of curricular experiences and Indigenous ways of knowing nature.