We were honoured with the presence of around 55 of our alumni, and former and current faculty and staff on the evening of October 9, 2019. Alumnus Joseph Naytowhow and Dr. Anna-Leah King offered a song to start the evening in a good way and Joseph also ended the evening with a song. Our speaker, Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, inspired attendees with his experiences of teaching students outside his own culture and experiences, and linked this to the importance of engaging with the TRC’s calls to action for education. Sinclair explained that competence in a profession can only be achieved if we have been educated about the culture and people in our locations. For Saskatchewan educators it is essential to understand the cultures and experiences of Indigenous peoples in Treaty 4 and 6, especially those living under the Indian Act with its economic and other restrictions. Knowing the history and impacts of colonization is essential to becoming competent as educators. Miigwetch to Dr. Sinclair for honouring us with his knowledge.
Thanks to all who came out to the event. Looking forward to next year’s gathering.