James Smith Cree Nation and Saskatchewan Polytechnic create partnership

Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Agreement sets framework for strengthening relationships and exploring opportunities at the James Smith Cree Nation and James Smith Cree Nation Medical Clinic

October 3, 2019 – James Smith Cree Nation, James Smith Cree Nation Medical Clinic and Saskatchewan Polytechnic signed an agreement today to strengthen their relationship and explore opportunities to collaborate in academic, applied research and scholarly endeavours. This partnership will explore the possibility of delivering training programs for radiologic technologists and related fields at the James Smith Cree Nation Medical Clinic. 

The partnership may also build applied research capacity at the James Smith Cree Nation Medical Clinic involving radiology services. Applied research projects are completed by faculty and students to provide practical solutions to everyday problems.

“This collaboration with James Smith Cree Nation and James Smith Cree Nation Medical Clinic builds on Sask Polytech’s long-standing commitment of meeting the needs of students and First Nation communities," says Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech president and CEO. "This partnership is about exploring opportunities, including the opportunity for students to study close to home, community members to receive improved access to health services and exciting applied research possibilities. This exploration will benefit James Smith Cree Nation, Sask Polytech and local health care providers."

The Sask Polytech School of Health Sciences provides training for 18 programs, including the Medical Radiologic Technology diploma program. School of Health Sciences graduates work as medical lab technologists, dental hygienists, paramedics or continuing care assistants. Sask Polytech’s Medical Radiologic Technology program is a nationally accredited two-year diploma program. Students receive hands-on training in the use of radiographic equipment, learn how to position patients to get the best images and learn to critique images.

About James Smith Cree Nation: This first nation received its name from the original chief; who signed Treaty No. 6 in 1876 at Fort Carlton. The population at the time were 134 members or 32 families. The James Smith Cree Nation is located 58 kilometers east of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and is 15,099 hectares in size. This first nation has a present population of 3,412, with the on-reserve population estimated to be at 1,892 members. The original language spoken is Cree. James Smith Cree Nation lands are situated on the south and north side of the Saskatchewan River. On the south side of the river there are fertile lands for farming and on the north side of the river there are forestry lands for hunting, fishing, trapping and gathering.

About Saskatchewan Polytechnic: Sask Polytech serves students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.