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Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Sask Bulletin

Their respective presentations as keynote presenters at the Saskatoon Teachers’ Association Annual Convention were unmistakably distinct from one another, but there was no questioning the similar messages presented by Max FineDay and Kevin Lamoureux in discussing truth and reconciliation.

Both share an Indigenous background, although in both cases it was one parent, and so they have had the shared experience of seeing life through a different lens. While FineDay’s message was filled with self-deprecating humour as the younger, more hip of the two, Lamoureux brought his wealth of knowledge from the world of academia, highlighted by his assessment that “you didn’t create this problem but you can be part of the solution.”

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Saturday, November 2, 2019
Sask Bulletin

Île-à-la-Crosse–The Right Honorable Paul Martin, former prime minister of Canada, visited the northern community of Île-à-la-Crosse on June 22 to launch the Greenhouse Project, a Martin Family Initiative.

MFI is a foundation committed to supporting education, health and overall well-being outcomes for First Nations, Métis Nations and Inuit children and youth in Canada. The Greenhouse Project hopes to address many issues related to food, food security and horticulture that disproportionately affects Indigenous peoples and their communities.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019
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REGINA–In a submission released October 3, Saskatchewan’s school boards are sharing that they consistently heard about the importance of Connections for education during local public engagements conducted earlier this year.

The report from boards to the Minister of Education highlights the need to enhance and expand Connections for education in three categories of main findings: Connections Among People and Relationships; Connections Between Systems and Structures; and Connections to the Future and Navigating Technology.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Sask Bulletin

As Multi-Faith Saskatchewan celebrates a decade of its Youth Visual Art Project, David Katzman is encouraging teachers throughout the province to try and convince as many of their Grade 9 to 12 students as possible to enter this time around.

Katzman, who spent three decades as a teacher and school administrator, is a board member of Multi-Faith Saskatchewan and co-chair of the project.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019
Sask Bulletin

As public education continues to change and evolve every year, there are all sorts of examples of how the theme of this year’s Education Week, Working and Learning Together, resonates with communities throughout the province.

There are a multitude of ways in which schools in urban centres have incorporated available resources–ones which might not have been considered in the traditional model. This trend is arguably even more apparent in some of the rural settings where it is still very true that the school is the hub of the community.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019
Sask Bulletin

In a move designed to meet its diverse mandate of serving teachers in the province, the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation will in future have two Associate Executive Directors, each with their own specific responsibilities. 

Milton Block has been a member of the senior administrative staff for 16 years. He had earlier spent 15 years with the Saskatchewan Valley School Division as a teacher and principal. Ian Krips arrived at the Federation in 2006 bringing 16 years of teaching experience with Saskatoon Public Schools.

 

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Friday, October 25, 2019
Sask Bulletin

Previously, there has often been a certain level of frustration when it came time for Professional Growth Networks Day, as trying to entice new members was an annual challenge.

This year, however, there was a palpable energy and passion that was readily evident commencing from the sharing of personal stories from the panel members.

That was only further confirmed as 24 of the 28 PGNs participated in a carousel/open space session. There were 66 folks from throughout the province who had given up their autumn Saturday, and by all accounts, it was not a decision they regretted.

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Friday, October 18, 2019
Sask Bulletin

The Teachers’ Bargaining Committee has put their money where their mouth is in the latest development of the current bargaining negotiations aimed at securing a new collective agreement for the province’s 13,000 teachers.

The TBC informed the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee that in seeking to find solutions to the challenges of complex classrooms, they would be willing to consider a one-time contribution of $21 million in health plan contributions from the government. This is on the condition that the contribution would be matched by government.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Sask Bulletin

If you were to consult the dictionary seeking clarification for what retirement means, you might want to share your findings with Russell Mirasty.

Albeit by choice, retirement in the classic sense is one of the few roles that somehow does not suit the province’s recently appointed lieutenant-governor.

After having spent 36 years with the RCMP and having ascended to becoming the first Indigenous person to command a division of the national police force in 2010, Mirasty has hardly been one to put his feet up and watch the world go by. He is one of those individuals who wants to play a part–or as he calls it, “always looking for a way you can contribute and learn.”

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Sask Bulletin

REGINA–Recently the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation presented a cheque for $10,000 to the Royal Saskatchewan Museum to formalize a partnership that is intended to support the Traditional Knowledge Keepers Program.

Prior to the actual cheque presentation, Michelle Hunter, executive director of the Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, spoke enthusiastically about what an ideal collaboration this is between the two partners.

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