The Métis Cultural Program has been created to preserve, strengthen and transmit Métis culture and traditions in Saskatchewan. The program includes all Westmount students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and is delivered exclusively from a Métis perspective. Métis content and perspectives, and the Michif language are infused in curricular outcomes for most subject areas.
The heart of the program is to enrich student education with authentic learning experiences within a Métis world view. The learning occurs through a co-teaching model where the Métis Culture Teacher and Métis Traditional Knowledge Keeper work with classroom teachers to integrate the Michif language and Métis content and perspectives into curricular outcomes for the grade they are teaching. This approach is building capacity in all teachers to infuse Métis content and perspectives and the Michif language independently.
During the school year students are engaged in enriching their skills from a Métis perspective, building culturally relevant leadership skills, transferring knowledge between generations and participating in experiential learning opportunities.
The program is supported by two staff members: Chandrelle Marshall, a SUNTEP graduate and Métis Cultural Teacher and Faye Maurice, a Traditional Knowledge Keeper. Partnerships and support from the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI), Michif language consultant Norman Fleury, Central Urban Métis Federation Incorporated (CUMFI), and Saskatoon Public Schools First Nations Inuit and Métis Education Unit are essential to the success of the Métis Cultural Program.
- The first program of its kind in Saskatchewan
- Home to a performance jigging troupe
- Métis Day, an annual celebration of learning in June
- Program, staff & community were highlighted in the recently published book series—Taanshi Books—published at GDI
- The Sweetheart Dance hosted in partnership between the school, SCC & Westmount Community Association is held annually in February as a celebration of song and dance. It is the highlight of the community for our families.