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Almightyvoice Education Centre Official Opening

Sheila Desjarlais

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      MAY 1989      p05  
The One Arrow Band celebrated the official opening of their School on May 26, 1989. The Almightyvoice Education Centre is situated in the heart of the reserve with an enrollment of approximately 100 students attending classes from Nursery to grade 12.

Although the school was designed for students to grade 9, a full nursery to grade 12 program is offered. The Saskatchewan Education Program is used.

Cree, physical education and computer technology are also part of the curriculum.

There are five regular classrooms, a nursery/kindergarten room, library/resource centre, multi-activity room and a health centre which consists of a waiting room, examination room, dental office plus an additional two offices. The staff of the school consists of six regular classroom teachers and teacher associates, a counsellor, a secretary, a principle, and a janitor. Their are also two bus drivers.

The grand opening celebrations commenced with the traditional pipe ceremony and flag raising. Chief Richard John welcomed all the guests and introduced the dignitaries and presented each with an Almightyvoice Education Centre jacket and cap.

Some of the Members of Parliament included Stan Hovdebo; Chief Roland Crowe, Chief of the FSIN; Cliff Starr, INAC Regional Director of Reserves and Trusts; Tony Kuchapski, the INAC Saskatoon District Manager; Joe Quewezance, Saskatoon District Tribal Council President; Dwayne Adams, Medical Services, Saskatoon Region; Chief Phillip Ledoux, Mistawasis Band; Chief Everette Bear, Muskoday Band; Chief Wallace Tawpisim, Muskeg Lake; Chief Albert Scott, Kinistin.

Members of the Saskatoon District Education Advisory Board including Alpha Lafond, Lois Smokeyday, Ethel Neapetung, Len Neufeld, Gordon Lobe, and Ken Medynkski.

The ceremonies were concluded by entertainment from the Kinistin Saulteaux Nation Pow-Wow Club and square dancing by the One Arrow Sounding Sky dancers. A buffet lunch was served once the program was completed.

Chiefs and Indian Affairs Officials lent their support and good wishes to the One Arrow Band
Chiefs and Indian Affairs Officials lent their support and good wishes to the One Arrow Band.

L-R: Phil Ledoux, District Rep Joe Quewezance; Chief Everette Bear; Chief Albert Scott; Chief Richard John; FSIN Chief Roland Crowe; and Tony Kackapski and Cliff Starr from INAC.