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First spelling bee for First Nations kids held in Saskatchewan


On April 8, 2016, 148 Indigenous students from 21 different First Nations across Saskatchewan will be attending the first provincial spelling bee.

This is the first such event held specifically for Indigenous students. Pauline Favel, teacher from Chief Poundmaker Cree First Nation located 190 kilometres north of Saskatoon said, “It’s been lots of hard work and fundraising but it is worth it!”

The children have already been improving their spelling, comprehension and communication skills. Not only that, but their self esteem and confidence are increasing as well.  “If you look at socially disadvantaged backgrounds — some of our youth live with their grandparents, some may be in care — this is a time when they are going to shine,” continued Favel.

The provincial spelling bee is happening as part of Spelling Bee Canada. The winning students will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to travel to Toronto for the national spelling bee competition on May 15, 2016. “We are doing something that’s positive for First Nations kids, positive for First Nations schools and we appreciate the support we are getting,” Favel said.

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