Education News Spring 2018 | Page 9

between the committee, teachers and our partners is what we believe is the true meaning of reconciliation,” says Fortier- Fréçon. And the project continues to grow and evolve, “We are now planning a collaborative project between students from Regina Public Schools and the Conseil des écoles fransaskoises. The purpose of this activity is to allow students to meet with students from another school (and another school board) to start building relationships and reflecting about the meaning of ‘We are all Treaty People.’ During this time, students will learn about the Métis culture in Saskatchewan with Calvin Racette.” This year there will be a language component, with Historian Laurier Gareau presenting on “the historical place of languages in Saskatchewan and the presence of assimilation politics that unfortunately removed all languages except English in the province 100 years ago.” Treaty4Project was made possible thanks to the support from Saskatchewan Arts Board, First Nations University of Canada, Faculty of Education (U of R), The McDowell Foundation, and Regina Public Schools. The teaching team since 2015 are all Faculty of Education alumni: Heather Findlay, Tamara Ryba, Tana Mitchell, Tiffany Agopsowicz, Janine Taylor, Jessica Moser, Elizabeth Therrien, and Tracey Ellis. Education faculty such as Drs. Anna-Leah King, Michael Cappello, Shauneen Pete, and Jennifer Tupper have particpated in the youth conferences and UR S.T.A.R.S. (Education students) offered the Blanket Exercise in 2016. UR Educators Event U of R President Vianne Timmons Shauna Beylefeld and Jolene Goulden STF President Patrick Maze Dean Andrea Sterzuk and Associate Dean Val Mulholland The second annual UR Educators Event took place on October 4, 2017 at the Innovation Place Atrium. The UR Educators event brings first-year students together for the first time in their journey as educators. Students are awarded a Faculty of Education pin, and they hear from leaders in the field of education. The University of Regina, President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons and the President of Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Patrick Maze encouraged students to think about the importance of their future role as educators in ensuring that all students receive the best education possible. Dr. Timmons, herself an educator, offered advice for their journey, challenging students to “be idealistic, believe you will make a difference.” Alumnus Patrick Maze reminded students not only of the rewards of teaching, but also the responsibilities. “Teaching is a major commitment,” he said. “Teachers are entrusted by the public to guide and care for children, the most impressionable and vulnerable people in Saskatchewan. Because of this, teachers are held to a higher moral, ethical, and legal standard than many others in society are.” Giving students an opportunity to consider their educational path as professionals-in-the-making is important for realizing that teacher education isn’t just about going to class and excelling academically, it is also about becoming, about being inspired and transformed along the way. This event was possible through the efforts of Dean Andrea Sterzuk, Jolene Goulden, Shauna Beylefeld, Kristina Lee, Lindsay Perez, and Wanneta Martin. student comments about the value of this event : “It was significant in the fact that it is acknowledging that we are making a path for ourselves, and becoming, you know like, lifelong learners in the sense that we are going to be educators. I think it is awesome that they recognize that and they recognize that we are going to have to have anti-oppressive and anti-racist education.” Portia (Secondary English) “I think it speaks to the professionalism of this program and there is a reason why we chose to be here, and they are welcoming us in, and telling us about values so early on; that’s really important.” Talia (Elementary, middle years) “I really liked the fact that [Dean Sterzuk] mentioned the First Nation land and kind of made us realize that we are still on First Nations land, and we still kind of owe it to them for their kindness.” Jacques (Secondary, English/Fine Arts) “I thought that it was an honouring experience, eye opening, the impact we’ll have on students and it makes me really excited for the future.” Alaina (Secondary) “It shows how much the university cares about its students, how important it views us getting our degrees. As someone who has got one degree from the university before, I acknowledge that the university really does care for its students.” Jamie (BEAD/Arts ed) “I thought it was really kind of touching, hearing all the stories, and how important they think we are, and so that makes it easier for us to think that our job is going to be important as well.” Aurora (Elementary/Pre - K to 5) Education News | Page 9