Our Smallest Warriors, Our Strongest Medicine – Overcoming COVID-19

“Our Smallest Warriors, Our Strongest Medicine – Overcoming COVID-19” is a book written for Indigenous (American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our Smallest Warriors, Our Strongest Medicine – Overcoming COVID-19” should be read by a parent, caregiver, or teacher alongside a child, or a small group of children. It is not encouraged for children to read this book independently without the support of a parent, caregiver, or teacher. There is a toolkit online at https://bit.ly/NativeStrongMedicine that offers support for addressing topics related to COVID-19, helping children manage feelings and emotions, and supplementary activities for children to do based on the book.

Please click the image below to download/open the PDF booklet.

 

 

COVID-19 Bulletin to First Nations in Saskatchewan

As with any other communicable disease in First Nations communities in Saskatchewan, public health follow-up and management of COVID-19 cases and contacts is coordinated by Indigenous Services Canada for south and central First Nations communities and by the Northern Inter-tribal Health Authority (NITHA) for the northern First Nations communities.

Click here to view the full bulletin

A Letter from Our Board of Directors

April 17, 2020 — The challenges we face today are like no other we have faced in this generation. The pandemic has forced our families into isolation, apart from each other, until the danger has passed. For our people, who draw strength from one another, this is a very difficult time and it is especially so for our Elders many of whom are alone. Our grandparents, great grandparents and ancestors have faced great challenges over time. This is a time to continue our legacy of resilience and strength.

As this terrible disease unfolds across Mother Earth, we ask that you continue to follow the advice of medical specialists who advise us that the best way we can protect those we love and cherish is to maintain physical distance to avoid spreading the virus. Continue following this advice. Our Elders and knowledge keepers, our families, and children are precious. We can’t take any risks that put any of our people in danger.

There are things we can do to bring love and support to one another during this time. Reach out using technology, make a phone call, write a letter, pick up extra supplies when you’re safely shopping and leave it at the home of those who can’t get out. We can maintain connections through these difficult times! Our people are creative and innovative, and we will find ways to bridge the distance and in doing so, we will continue to inspire each other and give each other hope.

How can we help you? Our TEA staff is doing their very best to work with our teachers and families to find ways to keep kids learning at home, and to find happiness while learning at home and safely in their First Nation. We recognize that not everyone has the benefit of having technology in their homes: internet, devices, and training are needed. We will be working to find out what the current state of technology is in each of our Nations, and working hard to find solutions.

For now, we urge you to keep strong, keep healthy, and take care of yourselves and each other.

If you’re able to, please take some time to check out the Treaty Education Alliance website and on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter). If you are able to, please print some of the shareables and get them to families without technology at home. We also encourage you to reach out to our staff to share your good ideas or ask questions about how we can work together to build support and hope for our students who are out of school, our families who are working hard to keep their children learning in the home, and the Elders who may be alone and in need of someone to reach out.

Respectfully submitted, from the member First Nation representatives of the Treaty Education Alliance:

Chief Nathan Pasap (White Bear First Nations), Chair
Chief George Cote (Cote First Nation)
Councillor Holly Geddes (Muskowekwan First Nation)
Councillor Marvin Albert (Kawacatoose First Nation)
Councillor Juanita McArthur (Pheasant Rump First Nation)

 

On behalf of the Board,

Chief Nathan Pasap

Assessment Cycle – Cancelled for Spring of 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO TEA SCHOOLS

As a result of the COVID-19 disruptions to the educational school year in Saskatchewan, all planned collection of assessment data for the spring of 2020 is cancelled.

Unless otherwise communicated, the assessment cycle will recommence in the fall of 2020.

For more information, please contact dmiclea@educationalliance.ca

Update on Funding for First Nations

Over the last week, Indigenous Services Canada has fielded a number of questions about the provision of funding to our partner organizations, and how it will be impacted by current events.

Click here to download the full report.

A Letter to Principals and Teachers

Dear Principals and Teachers:

Re: TEA Continued Supports

We know it is a trying time right now. The team at Treaty Education Alliance continues to work to support the educational needs of your students. With your support, we will continue to provide quality professional services and resources to help keep you, and your students on a positive learning journey in these challenging times.

The following supports are ready for you to access through our website, or by contacting any of our team:

What Details Who to Contact

High School Support (Grades 10‐12)

TEA’s Online High School is available. We are able to support you with greater access to credit classes, learning resources and tools. We continue to provide space for HS teachers to collaborate with our team to support students. Deni Miclea

dmiclea@educationalliance.ca

306-­527-­0452

Whole Child Wellness: Mental Health and Well-­Being

We have curated resources and supports to help you, your students and their families keep balanced and healthy through this challenging time. Jolissa Simon

jsimon@educationalliance.ca

306-­331-­7383

Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 9

Our team has researched and developed engaging daily activities for Literacy, Numeracy and Learning the Land to support you, your students and their families with home-­based learning. Megan Strong

mstrong@educationalliance.ca

306-­3317950

Pre-­Kindergarten to Grade 12 TLCs – Treaty Learning Communities (also called Professional Learning Communities)

TEA is prepared to facilitate TLCs among your staff, and across the TEA schools so we can continue to work together, collaborate and build the best opportunities for home-­based learning for students, and their families. Megaen Reader

mreader@educationalliance.ca

306-­331-­6422

Alliance Unity

TEA has designed an Alliance-­wide campaign to keep the TEA schools and Nations strong and unified. The “Happiness at Home” campaign will connect Elders, youth with our staff to collect stories, teachings and images to inspire and build hope in these difficult times. Vern Severight Sr.

vseveright@educationalliance.ca

306-­562-­7052

Sheena Koops

skoops@educationalliance.ca

306-­331-­5522

Ray Petit

rpetit@educationalliance.ca

306-­331-­9745

Home Based Learning Resources

Our team has been working hard to research and curate a selection of resources, including subscription-­‐based tools you can use on phone, iPad or laptop device. Check our website for more information: https://educationalliance.ca/home-­‐ based-­‐learning/

Technology Services

TEA’s technology staff continues to work to advocate for, and build supports and access to technology, and to maintain and support your devices to ensure you are able to manage home based learning. Tony McNabb-­Cote

tmcnabbcote@educationalliance.ca

306-­533-­3810

During this time of uncertainty, please know your TEA team is working hard to support you. We appreciate hearing from you about any changes to your school closure. Please continue to reach out if you have any needs or concerns.It’s going to take some time, but we will get through this together!
Respectfully,

Lori Whiteman

Executive Director

Treaty Education Alliance

A message from our Executive Director

Treaty Education Alliance has established a Critical Planning Team to coordinate and focus our work through these challenging times.

The Critical Planning Team is meeting daily to manage information, and develop important updates to the TEA staff, TEA member First Nations, our Board of Directors and partners.

Our website will the main point of contact for important communications – please be sure to check www.educationalliance.ca regularly for updates.

Staff is working in teams to plan supports for the TEA member First Nations and their school staff, students and community members. Support for the Nations is our top priority.

If you have questions please contact Lori Whiteman at 306 550 5770 or lwhiteman@educationalliance.ca or reach out to any of our staff whose contact information is available on our website.

 

Sincerely,

 

Lori Whiteman

Executive Director

UPDATED: TEA and COVID-19

UPDATED: March 15, 2020

As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to evolve, the Treaty Education Alliance is taking a proactive approach to help ensure the safety of our staff, and the staff, students and community members of the First Nations we serve.

TEA is taking the following steps effective immediately:

  • All staff travel will be halted.
  • All upcoming gatherings, community sessions, PDs and in-services will be cancelled.

Our staff will remain available by phone and email, and are committed to providing quality services to our member schools and communities throughout this time.

We ask that all schools and communities have a plan in place to effectively handle any potential situations that may arise. To assist with this planning, Treaty Education Alliance has prepared a COVID-19 infosheet. NEW: TEA COVID-19 Info Sheet

If any member schools decide it is in the best interest of their community to postpone operations, we ask that you reach out to Treaty Education Alliance so that we may support you in any way necessary.

For more information, or to speak with a member of the Treaty Education Alliance, please call (306) 332-2626.