Front row seated: Chairperson Linda Ballantyne, Chief Cameron Catcheway. Back row standing (left to right): Chief Superintendent Reg Klassen, Secretary-Treasurer Gerald Cattani, Trustee Darlene Osborne, Councillor Sterling Catcheway, Councillor Kenneth Catcheway, and Trustee Howard Sanderson.
The Frontier School Division Board of Trustees, Chief, and Council for the Skownan First Nation renewed their education agreement on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
The signing marks the continuation of a 30-year relationship between the school division and the First Nation community.
Situated on Treaty 2 territory, the community is located approximately 288 kilometres north of Winnipeg on the south shore of Waterhen Lake. Skownan First Nation is an Ojibway community with a total population of about 1,500 people. Since 1989, the Skownan First Nation has operated their school – Skownan School – in partnership with Frontier School Division. The school currently has a population of 110 students.
The revised agreement places emphasis on meeting the holistic needs of students, including their spiritual, emotional, physical, mental well-being and academic aspirations.
Chief Catcheway thanked Frontier School Division Board Trustees and senior administrators in attendance, noting they have the best interests of the community's children at heart. He also paid tribute to the late Nelson Catcheway, a former Councillor who was instrumental in getting the school in Skownan.
Frontier School Board Chairperson Linda Ballantyne stated, “This agreement provides a clear and influential voice of the community in terms of advice, recommendations and directions to Frontier School Division on behalf of First Nation students" and “We look forward to building on our history together and past successes while focusing on the future of our children".
Chief Superintendent Reg Klassen added, “The privilege of working in this vibrant and forward-thinking educational partnership is very exciting for Frontier".