Saskatchewan Advocate Visits and Connects with Staff & Community Leaders

The Saskatchewan Advocate for Children & Youth (Ms Cheryl Starr, Ms Marci Macomber & Ms Karen Topolinski) came to our school today to give a talk to both staff and the community about their organization, how they can help us as well as the situations in which to call on them. It was the end of the work day for teachers and staff and we thank them for their dedication to the welfare of all our students. We also thank the representatives of the Saskatchewan Advocate for Children & Youth for making it here to share this wonderful resource open to all children and youths under our care. We are also grateful for community leaders for coming to show their support and to also learn more about the legislative powers of the team and to learn when & how to call on them.

If you missed the talk, you can watch a video extract here.

Here’s a quick recap of the talk:

Who are they?

A team of professionals who advocate for the rights, interests, and well-being of children and youths in Saskatchewan. Authority is provided under The Advocate for Children and Youth Act.

Vision: The rights, well-being, and voice of children and youths are respected and valued.

Mission: Empowering children and youths to be change-makers.

Values:

  • Place – Children and youths first
  • Respect – First Nations and Metis language and culture
  • Embrace – Reconciliation
  • Provide – Accessible, fair, appropriate and timely service
  • Inclusive – Of all

What is their organization’s Fundamental Goal?

To be part of solutions that result in positive change in the quality of life for First Nations and Metis children and youth.

In what situations do we call them?

  • a child’s or youth’s interests, rights or entitlements are not being considered.
  • a child’s or youth’s viewpoint is not being heard.
  • there is concern/disagreement/misunderstanding about a decision regarding a youth/child.

Hotline: 1.800.322.7221

If you would like more information, you can call them at the above hotline. You can also visit their website at saskadvocate.ca

A New Chapter Begins On Land-based Learning…


“Let’s sing a song!” The children from 4B (2018-2019) chanted on the bus ride to the school, clearly excited about a full day, not in the classroom, but in the Culture Camp — located about a 20-min drive away from the school.

“Let’s create a new song today,” Ms Norma Bear chimed back while also steering the school bus down winding but well-ploughed snow-roads.

This marks the first of many ‘Land-based Learning’ Days to take place in our newly constructed Culture Camp. In a way, a ‘new song’ too.

Ms Norma Bear, together with Ms Linda McKay (Social Worker) and Lorraine Bear (Community School Coordinator), led the class into the camp and delivered them to the good hands of Mr Clarence Merasty who took up the mantle of teaching the students, albeit in a far bigger classroom — Nature.

Mr Clarence Merasty (above, center), who had lived close to the land for many years, hunting, trapping and fishing, was certainly the right man for the job.

The students were treated to a hands-on experience with setting the net and catching fish the traditional way. (See photogallery above)

Watch the video in the link here for a snapshot on the lesson on casting the net to lure the highly-coveted pickerels and jackfish.

Students also had the time of their lives going on the skidoo and knowing the lay of the land around the village. (see below)

Back in the cabin, they had a warm meal of bannock and sausages before having a cultural lesson on Understanding and Reconciliation — important life-lessons within the context of Northern Communities. (See below gallery)

Mr Clarence Merasty was sharing passionately about the dangers (and also the thrills) of tackling a wolverine. He also made us aware about the need to respect the balance of nature to ensure that wild game (like caribou and moose) will not diminish. Meanwhile Ms Norma Bear took the chance to teach traditional art of native beadwork.

We were so happy to meet with the gentlemen from SaskPower (a major sponsor to this school activity) who dropped by for a visit and we shared our thanks and gratitude.

Some students (see above) even helped with the collection of firewood to keep the camp warm and toasty for the next batches of students in the coming weeks.

Students were so happy but tired at the end of the day. With great reluctance, we left the camp but kept many happy memories behind.

We look forward to more students learning more about land-based learning and we thank all our teachers, administrators, and sponsors for helping us chart a new step forward in education!

SaskPower Northern Reading Program – Submission Ends 15 Feb

If you hadn’t already seen this poster in the school library, then this post is for you. It is the time to let your voice be heard, at least in the form of a short story or a poem. (Refer to details below)

On behalf of the Pahkisimon Nuyeʔáh Library System, we are calling out for submissions for the Writing Competition for Short Stories and Poems. Refer to the below for more information.

If you love stories, and you love sharing, don’t hesitate any further. The world is waiting to hear from you. Turn on your creative juices, get that pen going, and submit your story and/or poem by 15 Feb to hroy@pnls.lib.sk.ca



Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Reaches Out To Our Students

“We stand on guard for thee” so ends the National Anthem we sing every morning. But this afternoon, we finally met the folks who actually ‘stand on guard’ for Canada daily, come rain, shine or polar vortex.

We thank Sergeant Juli Nyiri and Master Corporal Adam Bruce for conducting an Outreach Program for our grade 10 students in the school library this afternoon.

It was a good session to hear about their experiences serving in peace-keeping missions around the world. It was also an invaluable opportunity to learn about our armed forces better and the career options and benefits open to our students.

For more information, especially if you weren’t able to make it for the presentation, please visit http://forces.ca/en/ to find out what are the programs and career opportunities open to youths right now.

We look forward to counting at least one of our alumni amongst their ranks and so we can all rest assured that someone from our village will have a hand in always keeping the “True North strong and free”.

MHCB Initiative is Launched!

When families gather together, we can look forward to great things to come. The Mental Health Capacity Building (MHCB) Initiative is a joint-effort of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Education.The initiative is launched in Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan and based on Alberta’s Mental Health Capacity Building program in Schools.

So if you have any thoughts or suggestions you would like to share or see happen in the school, please call us at (306) 960-2229 or email MaryleeBear@nlsd113.ca. You can also drop in for a coffee at the school’s portables during office hours. Visitors are warmly welcomed.

The program is driven by Ms Marylee Bear (MHCB Coordinator) and Mr Jeremy Morin (Wellness Promoter). Read more about the program by following this link.