Welcome to the Team – Lisa Ewack

Treaty Education Alliance is pleased to welcome Lisa Ewack (Student Support Coordinator) to our team!

Lisa is a proud member of the Ocean Man Nakoda First Nation. She is a professional educator who has completed a Bachelor of Education Elementary (Indian Education) degree and also completed a certificate in Extended Studies in Inclusive Education at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan Canada.

Lisa is an educator that has become a champion advocate for students and families experiencing disability within the K-12 First Nation Education Authority school system. Her experience with navigating the system of organizations and services not available in First Nation communities and First Nation schools, has motivated her to ensure the best possible indirect and direct services for First Nation schools. She is a dedicated Inclusive education teacher focused on working in collaboration with multi-disciplinary assessment specialists and school teams to translate assessment findings for Inclusive and Intervention Planning.

Lisa says “it is a great honour to be a team member and serve as the Student Support Services Coordinator for Treaty Education Alliance-Schools”.


Welcome to the Team – Angus Vincent

Treaty Education Alliance is pleased to welcome Angus Vincent (HR Manager) to our team!

Angus is a First Nation man from the Waterhen Lake First Nation in northern Saskatchewan. He has made Yorkton his home since 2009 and has worked in the business field since 2005 ranging in topics such as Finance, Procurement, Marketing, Human Resources, and Management. He has taken the first steps in obtaining his professional designation in HR through AFOA and looks to be completed in May of 2022.

Angus is married and has 2 children. He is also a professional actor (ACTRA Board Member) and an accomplished musician (2 albums released) on the side.

Sport & Self-Esteem Day Camp

TEA Welcomes Kristen Tootoosis

Treaty Education Alliance would like to welcome Mental Health Therapist-Kristen Tootoosis, B.Ed., M.Ed., CCC., CCPA., to our team.

Kristen has broad experience as a psychotherapist, therapeutic program manager, educator/teacher, and post-secondary instructor. Kristen has experience in offering therapy and support services to front line workers, managing programs in various areas including traditional motherhood, youth support groups, and addictions.

Kristen is from the Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation. She has devoted her career to working Indigenous Peoples of all ages in the area of psychotherapy clinical experience combined educational experiences and Indigenous knowledge. Kristen has worked with various First Nations communities focusing on educational therapeutic supports for students, families, and schools.

Kristen is also an instructor with the Think Indigenous Trauma Response Curriculum Co-Development Team and an Ed Psych instructor at the First Nations University of Canada. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Education), and a Masters in Educational Psychology, through the University of Regina.

Announcement – New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Treaty Education Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Faith McNab-Watson to the position of Executive Director.

Faith has broad experience as an education professional, as a Teacher with Regina Public Schools and the Horizon School Division, an Assessment Coordinator with the Treaty Education Alliance, and as a Principal with Chief Kahkewistahaw Community School.

Faith also brings a significant education background to the position, and holds a Bachelor of Education (Indian Education), a Masters in Educational Administration, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Educational Psychology, all through the University of Regina.

Please join us in welcoming Faith back to the Treaty Education Alliance, in her new role as Executive Director.

2021 School Kick-Off – All Are Welcome!

When: August 26, 2021, 9:00am – 3:15pm

Where: Virtually, via Microsoft Teams

Who: Anyone interested in sharing and learning with professional educators


Join us for a day of learning, sharing and networking as we prepare for the 2021 school year! Click the schedule below to download an interactive PDF, with clickable links to each of the available session!


Click here to join the morning session


EVENT: Earth Day is Every Day

Join us on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day, and the launch of our new project!


PreK – Grade 6

Grade 7 – Grade 12





Erin Pippin from The Canadian Wildlife Federation will share about Baby Wildlife in the Spring, and Phillip Brass from Peepeekisis First Nation will share on the importance of Connecting with the Land.


2020 Annual General Meeting via ZOOM

Are you interested in shaping the future of Indigenous education? Would you like to learn more about the Treaty Education Alliance and its mission? We’re inviting you to join the Treaty Education Alliance on ZOOM for its 2020 Annual General Meeting.

When:  Thursday, September 24 at 3:00pm

Where: ZOOM Online Conference

Door prizes will be awarded at the completion of the meeting. All in attendance are eligible.

We invite you to click the link below to join the AGM via ZOOM:


Treaty 4 Gathering – A Collaborative Statement

Treaty Number 4, 1874, was agreed to between the Canadian government, representing the Crown of Great Britain, and the Plains Cree, Saulteaux and Assiniboine Nations at this place which was to become known as “The Treaty Grounds”.

The Treaty Grounds were a sacred place and the Treaty partners had agreed to meet there every year so that the First Nations could receive their Treaty annuities (the monies and hunting supplies that were promised under Treaty) and to discuss how the terms of the Treaty were being honored,especially in the area of education, health and agricultural assistance.

As promised, the Treaty parties met at the Treaty Grounds in 1875 and 1876, until the federal government halted the practice because they didn’t want First Nations people to gather in large numbers and they didn’t want to face the demands to honor the Treaty promises.

Thereafter, Treaty annuities were given out at other locations, such as the NWMP headquarters at Fort Walsh. Later, annuities were distributed at the Indian Agencies such as File Hills or Qu’Appelle. Eventually, annuities were paid at the First Nations themselves, a practice that continues to this day. There are also Treaty annuity payments in larger urban centers, such as Regina and Saskatoon. Of course, Treaty enforcement is not discussed at these “Treaty Days.”

In the late 1980’s, the old ones began telling the people that they needed to plan a gathering every September on the anniversary of Treaty 4. At first it was a two-day Chiefs Council and then a powwow was added to the gathering. The old ones told the people that the gathering needed to be even bigger, and they needed to gather on the land where the Treaty was signed to show that “we still use this space as a meeting ground as we always have”. They added an amateur hour, a rodeo, a dry
dance, a round dance, powwow, and eventually student activities.

Judy Pinay, who was part of those early conversations, remembers the old ones saying, “It’s a gathering, not a celebration, because there is nothing to celebrate.” The old ones were referring to broken Treaty promises. Over the years, the gathering has grown, even though it does not belong to anyone or any one group. The Minister of Indian Affairs and the Governor General have attended.

The contemporary Treaty Number 4 First Nations have worked together to determine their position regarding treaty. The government has only recently begun to take treaty issues seriously, partly because of political pressure from Canadian society and partly because they are legally compelled to do so. In 1982, recognition of the treaty rights of Indian people were entrenched in Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution, thereby legally obligating the government to fulfill promises that were
either broken or never kept.

The Indian voice is finally being acknowledged, as more people become informed on the history of the treaty and what occurred at the time. It is important to understand the treaty because of the changing populations in the Treaty areas within Saskatchewan. Newcomers and young people must understand the negotiations and the perspectives of those involved. Both Indian and non-Indian people within these treaty areas deserve to know the fuller history of the lands on which they reside.