Yesterday's PD Day started off a little bit differently. After meeting at the Lakeside Inn teachers took part in a grand entry led by the Grand Chief Warren White of Grand Council Treaty #3.
The day was focused on experiencing First Nations culture. Chief White explained why being a part of something as small as a PD Day is important.
"It's about building a positive relationship and to educate one another on the customs and traditions of our people and nation. Also getting to learn the customs of the mainstream and the Catholic District School Board," he said.
After the Grand Entry teachers were split into groups and heard from guest speakers, Dr. Pamela Toulouse, Dr. Ruth Beatty, Ricky White and Wab Kinew.
While focusing on First Nations culture, there was also a heavy focus on math. The conference was called E3. Director of Education Phyllis Eikre explains.
"E3 stands for engaging educational energy. The whole conference is based on the theme of leadership but woven into that is aboriginal education and math. So some of our big key focuses in our board we've blended together and we're providing a wealth of guest speakers for our staff today," she said.
Both White and Eikre said it's important for the school board and First Nations have a good relationships to help all aboriginal students succeed.