CUMF, GSCS renew partnership “indefinitely”

The Central Urban Métis Federation and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools have renewed their partnership on Métis education indefinitely, reports MBC Radio. The two partners have worked together for many years and originally signed an MOU in 2010. Since the inception of the agreement, Métis culture has been integrated in the school division’s curriculum through a Michif immersion language program, fiddling and jigging classes, and more. When asked about the indefinite length of the renewed agreement, CUMFI President Shirley Isbister pointed to the Métis infinity symbol. The agreement has been renamed the “nakateyimitowin” partnership, which roughly translates to “caring relationships” partnership in Michif. “It’s part of reclamation in naming,” said Isbister. “I think it is really important as we move forward that all of our projects are named by our elders and they come with a reason and a purpose.”

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