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‘A hill to die on’

A public hearing in Hay River on April 12 left little doubt what many people think of the GNWT’s plans to make fundamental changes to the education system. Proposed changes to the Education Act in Bill 16 – a decrease of up to 100 hours per year in instructional time and introduction of junior kindergarten […]

Reserve cuts apart junior kindergarten

The concept of junior kindergarten – which is back on the agenda of the GNWT – has been criticized on the Hay River Reserve as a threat to the Aboriginal Head Start program. Rene Squirrel, the co-ordinator and teacher with Aboriginal Head Start at Chief Sunrise Education Centre, made that perfectly clear in an Aug. […]

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Educators honoured

An educator from Hay River and an elder from the Hay River Reserve have been recognized for their exemplary contributions to education. Lynne Beck, the vice-principal and guidance counsellor at Diamond Jenness Secondary School, and Joe Tambour, a traditional drummer and elder from K’atlodeeche First Nation on the Hay River Reserve, received the Excellence in […]

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New approach to old methods

Teachers have always played a role in raising children and educators at Diamond Jenness Secondary School are taking steps to better quantify the results. “For a curriculum grade to be valid, we can’t be mucking it up with behaviour factors,” said principal Heather Pedjase at a community education planning session last week. “This has always […]

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Schools take on mental health

Students in Hay River and the Hay River Reserve will be getting a taste of a new program designed to improve their mental health over the next three years. “It’s amazing,” said Jill Taylor, inclusive schooling co-ordinator for the South Slave Divisional Education Council. “It’s exactly what our schools have been asking for for years.” […]

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School swap saga continues

The Hay River District Education Authority says it has a new offer from the GNWT to swap Harry Camsell School and Ecole Boreale. It had not been publicly released as of press time, but a public consultation had been set to take place March 4 to discuss the matter. While the entire community was invited, […]

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School swap still up in the air

  A school swap in Hay River may yet be in the cards, but no decisions have been made, according to a statement released in December by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment. “As a father myself, I understand families must ensure their children have the best access to a full, quality education and […]

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Northern education alternative seeks students

  Dechinta promises a new approach to learning, uniquely grounded in northern traditions and melding Western academic goals with aboriginal values, but it is now trying something new. For the first time, Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning took its show on the road for a recruitment drive, stopping on the Hay River Reserve on […]

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Culture for a cause – Hay River project helps students in West Africa receive an education

The Canada-Ghana education project has come a long way since it began in 2006. Its founder, Chelsea Simpson of Hay River first began the initiative by helping one boy in the small town of Cape Coast, Ghana. Since then, her mother Bette Lyon and sister Keelen Simpson have become heavily involved. They began selling imported […]

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Aurora College uses Sandy Creek to teach hands on program of Language and Culture Instructor

A classroom setting paints a picture of students in desks, eyes forward, ideally on one instructor delivering a lesson. Out at the Sandy Creek camp was a classroom of a different variety—where students were able to learn from each other.  The camp took place last week as part of the Aboriginal Language and Cultural Instructor […]

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