In spring 2018, the Saskatchewan Minister of Education directed the Ministry of Education to engage with education sector partners to co-construct a plan that would set the course for the future beyond 2020.
The planning partners included: the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents of Saskatchewan (LEADS), the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S)1/Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI), the Ministry of Education, the Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC), the Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials (SASBO), the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) and the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF).
The partners identified a need to work together in a new relationship to co-construct a plan that would provide a shared vision of the future beyond 2020.
The plan will reflect the diversity of the province and ensure the presence and voice of First Nations and Métis education organizations as part of the journey towards reconciliation. At the same time, it will respect and acknowledge First Nations jurisdiction over schools on reserve land.
The partners recognize the plan will build upon the success of the Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP), launched in 2014, which has been effective in focusing efforts on improved results and encouraging collaborative work across the province. The partners recognize that improved results cannot be accomplished in isolation and that the plan must respond to the pressures experienced by students, schools, families, communities and society. They recognize the diversity present in Saskatchewan schools and the need for the plan to recognize and celebrate this diversity. They know that the plan must not only address the challenges present today but must prepare students to be well-educated, active citizens in their communities, the province and the world.