SIAST to celebrate National Aboriginal Day

Everyone welcome to join in celebration of raising Treaty No. 6 flag

June 19, 2014 – In recognition of National Aboriginal Day and the achievements of SIAST Aboriginal students, SIAST and members from the Treaty 6 First Nations will raise the Treaty No. 6 flag tomorrow in Saskatoon. Last year SIAST received the Treaty No. 6 flag as a gift from the Onion Lake Cree Nation.

“First Nations students and employees are valued members of the SIAST community,”
says Dr. Larry Rosia, SIAST president and CEO. “We’re proud to fly the Treaty 6 flag in
their honour and in honour of National Aboriginal Day.”

SIAST has a long-standing commitment to Aboriginal student success and provides training to more Aboriginal students than any other Saskatchewan post-secondary institution. Recently, SIAST appointed Jason Seright as director, Aboriginal Strategy to provide vision, strategy, leadership and direction in the implementation, continual improvement and completion of SIAST's Aboriginal initiatives and partnerships.

Through its Aboriginal Student Achievement Plan, SIAST has made a commitment to help Aboriginal students overcome barriers to success. The goal is for program completion rates of Aboriginal students to match those of non-Aboriginal students.

Special guests in attendance on Friday will include Elder Oliver Cameron and Elder Ruth Cameron.

Singers from the Dakota and Cree Nation will perform a First Nations traditional Treaty No. 6 flag song and a prayer song.

Media are invited to attend.

Event: Treaty No. 6 Flag Raising
Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
Where: SIAST Kelsey Campus front lawn, 1130 Idylwyld Dr. N., Saskatoon
Time:  8:15 a.m.

Welcome - Elder Oliver Cameron, Beardys First Nation 
SIAST Welcome - Brian Henderson, director, Student Development & Jason Seright, director, Aboriginal Strategy
Prayer - Elder Ruth Cameron, Beardys First Nation
Treaty Six Song - Terrance McLeod and Family, James Smith/Wahpeton First Nations
Prayer Song - Terrance McLeod and Family, James Smith/Wahpeton First Nations
Breakfast served in Aboriginal Activity Centre

SIAST is Saskatchewan’s primary public institution for post-secondary technical education and skills training. A member of Polytechnics Canada, SIAST offers apprenticeship training and certificate, diploma and degree programs. The institution serves 26,000 distinct students through campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities.

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