Partnerships


SaskEnergy

Tribal Chief Felix Thomas and Doug Kellin, President of SaskEnergy, signed a three-year Strategic Alliance Agreement ending in 2014.  This significant partnership will take STC and SaskEnergy into 17 years of partnership.

This new agreement focuses on economic development and sustainability as well as governance and capacity. The Strategic Alliance Agreement supports both organizations in achieving the strategic goals identified in each of the respective corporate plans: employment; education and training; and business development.  Efforts will be made to create an inclusive work and business environment; creation of mutually beneficial outcomes; and provide concrete action plans for partnership processes and provide Aboriginal-focused actions and strategies.

The success of previous agreements focused on youth development and may be summarized in a quote from the Cultural Outdoors Experience Summer Camp coordinator, “Youth learned to pull together as a team, build interpersonal skills and take responsibility by contributing to the many activities and challenges set before them.”

This quote summarizes one of the main goals of the STC youth programs with the involvement and support we received through this alliance with great success. In addition, we have placed a strong emphasis on encouraging our youth to become involved in math and sciences through events such as Super Saturday, Ultimate Skills Camps, Summer and Winter Games, Summer Student Employment and Mentorship.


Saskatoon Public Schools
CUMFI
Saskatoon Tribal Council

Okiciyapi Educational Partnership

Saskatoon Public Schools, Saskatoon Tribal Council, Central Urban Métis Federation Incorporated             

This collaborative partnership is designed to promote strengthening and facilitate First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education through the development and implementation of enhanced services, programs and curricula. The partnership will extend beyond the boundaries of the Saskatoon city limits and will embrace the Saskatoon Tribal Council and its member First Nations: Kinistin Saulteaux Nation, Mistawasis First Nation, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Muskoday First Nation, One Arrow First Nation, Whitecap Dakota First Nation, and Yellow Quill First Nation.

Saskatoon Tribal Council, Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. and Saskatoon Public Schools have agreed to the following:

  • To acknowledge and honour the significance of Indigenous Knowledge as a vital component of the okiciyapi Partnership, whereby Indigenous Knowledge will be valued and equated with mainstream teachings or universally.
  • To recognize, support and ensure Treaty knowledge is honoured within the educational system to support healthy relations among all students.
  • To create an equitable governance council to ensure that decision making is a shared process and representative of all stakeholders.
  • To recognize and celebrate common interests and uniqueness.
  • To enhance and to design an array of sustainable educational supports, programs and services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Education from pre-kindergarten to grade 12.
  • To explore and to develop a mechanism for shared services, information and resources among the partners.
  • To address the issue of equity as it relates to both education and employment aspects.
  • To collaboratively develop a procedure that will address the preservation, the promotion and the revitalization of culture and language for all First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.

mamawohkamatowin Partnership

Saskatoon Tribal Council & Saskatoon Greater Catholic School Board

This partnership commenced in 2010 to promote, strengthen and facilitate First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education through the development and implementation of enhanced services, programs, and curricula.  The partnership will extend beyond the boundaries of the Saskatoon city limits and will embrace the Saskatoon Tribal Council and its member First Nations: Kinistin Saulteaux First Nation, Mistawasis First Nation, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Muskoday First Nation, One Arrow First Nation, Whitecap Dakota First Nation, and Yellow Quill First Nation.

The Saskatoon Tribal Council and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools agree to the following:

  • To recognize, support and ensure Treaty knowledge is honored within the educational system to support healthy relations among all students
  • To create an equitable governance council, to ensure that decision making is a shared process and representative of all stakeholders
  • To recognize and celebrate common interests and uniqueness including the role of spirituality within the respective communities. 
  • To enhance and to design an array of suitable educational supports, programs and services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit education from Pre-Kindergarten to grade 12
  • To develop an effective communication strategy
  • To ensure the Partnership is based on respect, honesty and understanding
  • To explore and to develop a mechanism for shared services, information and resources between partners
  • To address the issue of equity as it relates to both education and employment aspects
  • To acknowledge and honor the significance of Indigenous Knowledge as a vital component of the partnership, whereby Indigenous Knowledge will be valued and equated with mainstream teachings or universality
  • To collaboratively develop a procedure that will address the preservation, the promotion, and the revitalization of culture and languages for First Nations and Métis peopl

Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan and Junior Achievement of Saskatchewan

This unique partnership provides Aboriginal youth with the opportunity to learn more about financial literacy and entrepreneurship. The partnership delivers Junior Achievement programming to elementary school children at the seven member Saskatoon Tribal Council community schools and two core area schools in Saskatoon.  74 JA classes will be delivered, reaching more than 1,850 Aboriginal students.

The purpose of the partnership is to enhance the entrepreneurial spirit of youth and open doors for opportunities, greater participation in the provincial economy and further Aboriginal economic development across Saskatchewan. More than $70,000 of core funding for the program has been provided by Nexen Energy of Calgary, AB.


PotashCorp

In October of 2011, Saskatoon Tribal Council and PotashCorp signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to increase opportunities for First Nations workers and suppliers.  The goal is to build a path for greater inclusion and participation by First Nations in the opportunities at PotashCorp.

It is recognized that the Aboriginal communities have a large and willing workforce in which everyone to benefit.  The company is looking to recruit young graduates to develop long-term suppliers to the potash industry and other sectors.  There will be many upcoming vacancies in the industry upon retirement of current employees.

PotashCorp and the STC are developing a plan that will help First Nations people who haven’t completed high school make progress in their studies and be able to apply for employment at one of Saskatchewan’s most successful companies.

Tribal Chief Felix Thomas, Garth Moore, President (Former) PotashCorp

The Saskatoon Tribal Council Industry Playbook

A strategic plan to deliver legacy partnership services with PotashCorp and other industrial supply chains.

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Tribal Chief Felix Thomas, Bonnie Blakely, Vice President, People and Partnerships, SHR

Saskatoon Health Region

In October of 2012, an MOU was signed between STC and the Saskatoon Health Region titled “Working Toward a Healthier Population”. The partnership is intended to formalize the relationship, identify common priorities and maximize beneficial opportunities for collaboration. The goals are to improve health outcomes and to reaffirm Saskatoon Health Region’s commitment to creating a more diverse workforce.

The foundation of the agreement is to undertake activities that improve the health status of First Nations’ people through diverse but targeted initiatives.

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