First Nations schools face unique challenges preparing for fall opening – CBC

Questions remain over funding for buses, masks, cleaning supplies, says director

Jul 29, 2020

Saskatchewan First Nations school officials say they’ve faced overcrowding and underfunding for years, making it even harder to plan for a safe opening in September in the shadow of COVID-19.

But they also say that First Nations have advantages, including a long tradition of blending the standard provincial curriculum with land-based, outdoor education.

CBC reporter Jason Warick spoke with Chris Scribe, director of the Indian Teacher Education Program at the University of Saskatchewan.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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