History Making Learning!

History Making Learning!

On August 27, 2014,  more than 1,600 Regina Public Schools teachers, educational assistants, superintendents, consultants, teacher-librarians and administrators participated in a first-ever school division-wide treaty training professional development day. This may be a first for this kind of learning in the province and the country!

One of the Regina Public Schools' priority strategies is the Development of a First Nations, Métis and Inuit Achievement Initiative. Understanding treaties with First Nations people and, particularly, Treaty Four, is an important component of how educators learn and teach about our collective history. Understanding and learning from this history will also contribute to successful educational outcomes for not only First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, but all Regina Public Schools students.

The training involved all staff participating from their own schools, as well as from the University of Regina studio,  and connecting with each other through a variety of online technology. It also included participation from several experts, including Elder Noel Starblanket who shared his knowledge, wisdom and learning.

Staff embraced the professional development session, the content and the format. Evidence of this is their participation on Twitter commenting about the day-long event with #rpstreaties. In fact, so much activity and interest was created on Twitter that the hashtag (#) rpstreaties was trending (most popular topic)  in the top three across Canada for most of the day. You can see the majority of the comments here: https://tagboard.com/rpstreaties

Kudos go to the willingness of the entire school division for making this important topic a priority and dedicating an entire day to it. Thanks to all participants and to organizers, including Sarah Longman and her Aboriginal Education team who worked to make this training a reality.

You can read more about the event as described by the Regina Leader Post.