Saskatchewan’s education minister said she is committed to treaty education in the province despite the recent comments she made in the legislature.
Bronwyn Eyre questioned whether indigenous studies have been over infused into the curriculum and referenced her son’s own assignments.
In remarks made to the Saskatchewan School Boards Association’s (SSBA) fall meeting in Regina Tuesday, she reaffirmed a commitment to treaty education and addressed her comments.
“I regret any confusion over that, I certainly regret referencing my son, he is 12,” Eyre told reporters.
However, she wouldn’t speak further about the impact her comments have had and the calls being made for her to resign.
“You are going to have to ask others in terms of their opinions, I am just going to leave it at that, we commit and remain absolutely committed to what we laid out when we mandated treaty education in this province.”
The SSBA passed a motion to advocate for mandatory indigenous studies course for Grade 12 students on top of the teachings currently embedded in the curriculum.
“We support treaty education in our schools in the spirit of reconciliation, our position has not wavered, we hope to be able to work with this minister and continue to work with this ministry on those initiatives,” SSBA President Shawn Davidson said. ”
Davidson admitted there have been some concerns expressed by trustees as a result of Eyre’s comments.
Eyre has also met with the vice-chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations, Bobby Cameron, to discuss her comments.