Photo Left to right: Chris Scribe, Indian Teacher Education program director, Chief Evan Taypotat, Kahkewistahaw First Nation, and Michelle Prytula, dean, College of Education. Originally Posted By Nicole Betker on the University of Saskatchewan website Aug 9, 2018.

An expansion of the Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP) community-based programming will now bring a four-year bachelor of education curriculum to Kahkewistahaw First Nation on Treaty 4 territory.

At powwow celebrations on July 13, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the U of S College of Education, ITEP and the Kahkewistahaw First Nation by College of Education Dean Michelle Prytula, ITEP Director Chris Scribe and Kahkewistahaw Chief Evan Taypotat. Kahkewistahaw First Nation is located about 150 kilometres east of Regina.

ITEP has been offering community-based teacher education programs since 1972. ITEP teachers—more than 1,500 graduates from about 60 First Nations in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Quebec and Nunavut—ensure the survival of culture as they are academically and culturally educating the youth of communities throughout Canada.

“The College of Education and ITEP are proud to be able to offer programs in settings that enable students to be successful in their home community,” said Prytula. “Building on successes seen with similar programs on Treaty 6, we are pleased to be offering this valuable program starting this fall on Treaty 4.”

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