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Let's Lead - Nīkānētān

Experience Let's Lead - Nīkānētān


Let’s Lead – Nīkānētān is a full school-year program for Grade 8 students who enjoy being in the outdoors and want to improve their leadership and teamwork skills while working on the Grade 8 curriculum in a practical, holistic format. Through experiential education, students plan for their future by developing leadership and teamwork skills in a culturally responsive way, thereby enriching their lives and our community. 

Diverse Community

Let’s Lead – Nīkānētān is for students who want to spend their entire year learning the curriculum through hands-on, out-of-school experiences. It is for young people who have shown the potential for leadership and would like to develop it further, but who might not have been able to realize or develop this potential due to financial barriers. 

Equipment and Costs

Students will not be required to pay any fee to participate in the program. However, there will be times when students are expected to help with a fundraiser or community service. Saskatoon Public Schools, along with Westmount Community School, supplies all of the equipment, including backpacks, tents, sleeping bags and rain gear. There is no cost for food on trips, bus passes or travel.


  • Relationship building between students and staff.
  • Integrated, project-based learning assessment using criteria rather than marks. 
  • Planning for the future, including career education and self-confidence building.
  • Teamwork and leadership development.
  • Leading students in other schools in many activities. 
  • Cultural responsiveness in what we learn and how we learn.
  • Experiential education with hands-on learning in all that we do. 
  • Being able to choose and deal with the consequences of those choices.
  • Fun and enjoyment!
For more information about Let’s Lead – Nīkānētān, click here.


Let’s Lead – Nīkānētān is open to current Saskatoon Public Schools Grade 7 students entering Grade 8 in September 2023. Students must apply to be considered for the program.

Apply online here. If unable to apply online, fill out a paper copy of the application form and deliver it to Westmount Community School or email it to Evan Nienaber at

Information Sessions

Westmount Community School is holding two information sessions for Let’s Lead – Nīkānētān.
  • Student virtual in-class presentation: Tuesday, March 21 at 1 p.m.
  • Parent/caregiver in-person open house at Westmount Community School: Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m.
For questions, contact Mandy Cooper-Sarrazin at or Evan Nienaber at

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