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Indian Educator Honored

Gail Bear

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      JULY 1979      v09 n07 p47  
A banquet and dance was held at the Muskoday band hall to honour Mrs. Edna Bear upon her retirement from teaching. The evening's activities planned by band members came as a complete surprise to her.

Mrs. Bear's career as a teacher spans over a period of 25 years. She is originally from the Peepeekisis reserve in the File Hills area.

Her elementary school years were on the reserve followed by a 3 year stay at the Brandon Indian Residential School. Upon completion of High school Mrs. Bear taught at the File Hills school helping the teacher with grades 1 to 8.

In 1938 Edna married Robert Henry Bear from the Muskoday reserve of the John Smith Band. They have two children, Bobby and Eleanor, and many grandchildren who live in the Prince Albert District.

While Mrs. Bear's children were growing up she worked as child care worker at All Saints Indian Residential school, (now known as the Prince Albert Indian student residence) for a period of 3 years, 1957-60. Following this she was sub-teaching on Muskoday reserve. From there she put in a year of teaching kindergarten in The Pas Manitoba in 1966-67.

Mrs. Bear then began attending classes in Saskatoon to further her education in the area of kindergarten teaching. She has taught kindergarten on the Muskoday reserve from 1967 till her retirement in June 1979.

Mrs. Bear also took an active role in community affairs. She has served as chairman of the school committee since 1967. She was also a councillor for the John Smith Band for a 2 year period. It is for her active role in the community affairs and teaching that the band council and the community honoured Edna.

Music was supplied by Walter Bear, on the fiddle along with Eric and Rosalie Bear, and Max Gamble playing old time and comtemporary music.