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New Programs For Indian Education And Employment Announced In Provincial Budget

Neil Reeder

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      APRIL 1980      v10 n04 p03  
Finance Minister Ed Tchorzewski announced in the March 18 budget speech that the provincial government will spend a record $31 million on education and employment programs for Saskatchewan Indian and native people this year.

He said this represents a $6 million funding increase over last year.

Tchorzewski said that a new Urban Native Teacher Education Program will be established to train and place teachers in urban schools with large Indian and native populations.

Thirty students will be involved in the program in 1980 and thirty additional students are to be enrolled each year thereafter. Another new program will provide $654,000 in grants to urban school divisions to help develop a "community-sensitive" approach to education by increasing the involvement of parents of Indian and native children in the educational system.

Provisions were also made in the new budget for the creation of a special Native Education branch of the Department of Education. It will work with native Organizations to develop school curriculum related to native history and culture.

The Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research, a new resource centre for the study of Indian history and culture, received a grant of $51,000 in the new budget.

Tchorzewski stated that a new job training and employment programs involving both the public and private sectors will be created to provide subsidized on-the-job training for members of the Indian and native community.

A new economic development program will assist Indian and Native business ventures and provide access to management advice and capital.

A "substantial" increase in the funding of Indian and native groups delivering family support services in the community was also announced by Tchorzewski in the budget speech. He said the Department of Social Services will expand daycare facilities for working parents of Indian and native children, and increase the resources available for alcoholism programs and tenant counselling.