At its March meeting, the Provincial Métis Council approved the expansion of the Early Learning Language Programs. This fall, all 12 MN–S regions in Saskatchewan offer Indigenous language programs to their early learners.
The six new school divisions include Living Sky, Northern Lights, Horizon, Good Spirit, and Prairie Valley. The MN-S partnership further supports efforts to promote, preserve, protect and revitalize Indigenous languages.
During its pilot year in 2020, the Michif and Dene Early Learning Language Programs supported 130 pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students in six school divisions. The program expanded last school year supporting over 300 Métis children with Heritage Michif, Northern Michif, French Michif, and Dene.
The Northern Lights School Division is introducing the Cree language learning program to pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students at the Pre-Cam Community School in La Ronge and Ministik School in Cumberland House.
The expansion of the Early Learning Language programs is expected to attract more than 600 young students province-wide.