Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Very Concerned About Minister Eyre’s Comments Regarding Treaty Education

November 8, 2017
Regina, Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation is very concerned about the Education Minister’s recent comments about treaty education.

All children and youth have the right to see the unique social and cultural context of their experiences, their worldviews and cultural norms reflected in the classroom and education system in positive ways. All education partners in Saskatchewan have been working collaboratively to ensure that Saskatchewan students have an opportunity to learn the history of our shared experiences and to learn together on our shared land. Education can be a form of reconciliation, and it is our shared duty as citizens to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.

We are all treaty people, and treaty education must be a fundamental component of education in Saskatchewan.

We are confident that Saskatchewan teachers are self-reflective about their own attitudes and beliefs, and engage with and support members of all communities to identify and work to eliminate racism and discrimination in schools.

We encourage the Minister of Education to review her ministry’s policy and curriculum documents to ensure that this important work continues. The Minister’s comments could serve to divide communities and create unsafe space for Saskatchewan teachers and students. Now is the time to renew our collective efforts to ensure education is a positive force for reconciliation.