Inspiring Success Virtual Speaker Series

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Members of the Ministry of Education’s Indigenous Education Symposium Planning Team* are pleased to announce a monthly online Speaker Series based on the policy imperatives of Inspiring Success: First Nations and Métis PreK-12 Education Policy Framework (Inspiring Success). The rationale for this policy framework is articulated in the historical, cultural, ecological, moral, economic and Student First imperatives. Inspiring Success aims to create a provincial Prekindergarten to Grade 12 education system that foundationally places Indigenous knowledge systems, cultures and languages within the structures, policies and curricula to ensure an equitable and inclusive system that benefits all learners. The framework can be accessed here.

The third speaker in the monthly virtual Speaker Series is His Honour the Honourable Russ Mirasty, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, who will speak to the Student First Imperative of Inspiring Success. The session will also be recorded and made available online at a later date, along with other speakers in the series.

To register, please click on this link any time before the session starts at 10:30 a.m. on April 20th and enter your name and email address. WebEx will send you a meeting planner after this is complete. Please note that you will be brought to a webpage that will ask you how you would like to join. Here you are given a choice between downloading a temporary executable and downloading the Chrome extension. The temporary file and chrome extension have the same functionality and the temporary file does not have to be installed. If you do not get a meeting planner from WebEx, please contact strategicpolicyplanning@gov.sk.ca.

His Honour the Honourable Russ Mirasty Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan

Honourable Russ Mirasty

Honourable Russ Mirasty, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan

Russ Mirasty was born and raised in La Ronge, Saskatchewan and is a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. His first language is Woodland Cree. His grandparents led a traditional life, fishing, hunting and trapping. His mother modelled a strong work ethic, and from her and his grandparents he learned to value a connection to the land, and the importance of hospitality and community service.

Mr. Mirasty joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1976, and was one of only two Indigenous cadets in his troop. He served in various roles across the country, including as Director General of National Aboriginal Policing Services and as Commanding Officer of “F” Division (Saskatchewan).

Over his 36-year career, Mr. Mirasty was posted to seven provinces, performed duties in every province and territory, and participated in an exchange with the Northern Territory Police Service in Australia. He retired from the RCMP as Assistant Commissioner in 2013.

Following his retirement, Mr. Mirasty continued to devote himself to the residents of Saskatchewan by helping lead the Student First Engagement process. The valuable perspectives shared during the process informed the development of a province-wide education strategy.

Mr. Mirasty served as a member of the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents, and as a board member on the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance. He was appointed to Saskatchewan’s Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction, and served on the board of the McDowell Foundation, which supports research, inquiry, and sharing of information for the K to 12 education system.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Mr. Mirasty received both the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals, as well as the Meritorious Service Medal.

His Honour leads a very active lifestyle and regularly participates in running and cross-country skiing marathon events. He and his wife, Donna Mirasty, have a home in La Ronge, and they have two children and two grandchildren.

*Planning Team members consist of: Elders; the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations; League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents; Ministry of Education; Office of the Treaty Commissioner; Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials; Saskatchewan School Boards Association; Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation.

Date: 
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Location: 

Online via Webex

This event is free.

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Please note that you will be brought to a webpage that will ask you how you would like to join. Here you are given a choice between downloading a temporary executable and downloading the Chrome extension. The temporary file and chrome extension have the same functionality and the temporary file does not have to be installed. If you do not get a meeting planner from WebEx, please contact strategicpolicyplanning@gov.sk.ca.

Sponsored by: 
Government of Saskatchewan