CSB Chairperson Sarah Pash spoke candidly about the work still needed on behalf of education systems to create safe communities as she introduced the third day of a national conference, Indigenous People’s Justice: Reconciliation and Capacity Building, being held December 4-6, 2018 at Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, QC.
Quoting Nelson Mandela, and her own experience as a mother, Pash said the partnerships between education and justice will continue to play a crucial role in the future of the Cree Nation, and other indigenous nations.
“Mandela said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,’ and I believe this,” she said.
Pash outlined some of the many partnerships between Cree Justice and the Cree School Board:
- SNAP (Stop Now and Plan) targets 6 to 11 year-olds in all CSB elementary schools, serving more than 3,000 CSB students, and, more recently, their parents to encourage behavior management.
- YES (Youth Enrichment Services) targets high school students in three of our communities and is looking to expand.
- MikwChiyam Arts Concentration Program and Youth Fusion are shared between the CSB and Cree Justice – offering students alternatives in school.
- Cree Justice also helped support summer leadership camp opportunities for CSB youth.
- Diamond Girls and King’s Dream programs offered girls and boys a chance to build self-esteem and focus on body image ...
- Me to We Workshops and programs as well as We Day funding is supported by Cree Justice.
- Cree Justice Funds offer financial support to individual initiatives.
“I want to congratulate the Justice Department of the Cree Nation Government for the many successes over the last decade, and it was good to see those recognized last night (at the gala 10-year Anniversary celebration),” she added.
Hosted by the Department of Justice and Corrections of the Cree Nation Government, the Indigenous Peoples' Justice gathering is unprecedented in its achievement of drawing together some of the most highly recognized leaders in Indigenous Justice around the world. Amongst the speakers, Grand Chief Dr. Abel Bosum, the Honourable Kim Pate, Senator, Dr.Manley Begay, Professor at the University of Northern Arizona and one of the primary planners and designers of Indigenous Nation-Building, and, Dr. Wilton Littlechild, Grand Chief and Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner, delivered keynotes.