February 22nd, 2018

U of L, Red Crow College teaming up for Niitsitapi Teacher Program

By Schnarr, J.W. on August 30, 2017.

J.W. Schnarr

Lethbridge Herald


The University of Lethbridge and Red Crow College are teaming up to provide a new teaching program to help teachers work with Blackfoot children and youth.

The Niitsitapi Teacher Education Program will begin in the fall of 2018.

“We look forward to working with the U of L on the Niitsitapi Teacher Education Program,” Roy Weasel Fat, president of Red Crow Community College, stated in a recent news release. “The program will prepare students to teach from a Blackfoot perspective and ultimately, to pass along language and culture to future generations.”

“We are happy to once again offer the Niitsitapi Teacher Education Program in collaboration with our partners at Red Crow Community College,” stated Nancy Grigg, acting associate dean of the Faculty of Education. “We first offered the program in 2004 to a full cohort of students and we look forward to building on that success.”

The program is for First Nations, MŽtis and Inuit students, or interested non-Indigenous students, interested in becoming qualified teachers and working with Blackfoot children and youth.

The program is offered as a five-year combined degree or a two-year, after-degree program.

Students will first complete courses – Kipatapisanooni I and II – which address Blackfoot language, values, and ways of knowing.

These classes form the foundation of the program, which is designed to meet all the expectations and competencies of the Alberta Teaching Quality Standard, and to further prepare teachers to work within the Blackfoot culture.

“We learned a lot of lessons from the first Niitsitapi program so we have a better understanding of what our students need,” stated Chris Mattatall, an education professor and a member of the Niitsitapi steering committee. “We have been planning with our partners at Red Crow college from the start so we have a shared vision.”

Anyone interested in the program can contact Student Program Services at edu.sps


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