The Sweetgrass School Invitational Spelling Bee hosted in partnership with Treaty Six Education Centre will be held in North Battleford on Saturday, March 9, at the Don Ross Centre.
First Nations spelling bees have become a staple of the Saskatchewan community. History was made on Friday, April 8, 2016 with the first ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee (FNPSB) in Saskatchewan and in Canada. This was also the first ever all-First Nations team representing a region at the annual Spelling Bee of Canada Championships in Toronto.
FNPSB is the story behind the documentary, Bee Nation, aired by CBC in September 2017. As a result, the FNPSB president received an invitation from INDSIPRE, to present at their annual National Indigenous Gathering Education Conference in Montreal, Quebec in November 2017. All of the above has catapulted the awareness and exposure of First Nations Spelling Bees at both the provincial and national level.
We continue to have many First Nations schools and students excited about this initiative and our intention is to build on this momentum. We believe we’re on the right path in creating the venue to improve literacy among our First Nations youth. We are very proud to be able to assist in creating opportunities for student engagement and lifelong learning.
Registration goes until Jan. 31. There are three age categories, with prizes ranging from $50 to $300. Registrations won’t be accepted on site.