May 17, 2016

Charles Knight Youth Mentorship Program Brings Northern Students to Capital

High school students from nine northern communities in Saskatchewan are in Regina to take part in the 2016 Charles Knight Youth Mentorship Program.

Students from Black Lake, Cumberland House, Dillon, Fond du Lac, Ile a la Crosse, La Loche, La Ronge, Southend and Wollaston Lake have been touring the capital city yesterday and today.

“Initiatives like the Youth Mentorship Program are helping keep Saskatchewan strong by inspiring future generations,” Minister responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Mark Docherty said.  “This program shows students some of the career and educational opportunities that are available right here in our growing province, along with the vibrant quality of life in Saskatchewan.”

“This will be my third consecutive year participating in the Charles Knight Youth Mentorship Program; I find the program is well organized and designed to showcase Indigenous heritage and culture, yet intricately interwoven with the culture of the Queen city,” Rossignol High School teacher Ashley Petite said.  “Northern students are unique in the way they have a strong foundation, with one foot planted firmly in the history and resiliency of their ancestry and the other in education, striving to move forward as leaders within their schools, communities and province.”

Yesterday, students toured the University of Regina, the First Nations University of Canada, the Legislative Building and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.  They met with government officials to learn about government and the opportunities that exist in the public service.  The day was topped off by participating in the unveiling of the Legislative Building Dome.

Today’s agenda includes a tour of the RCMP Training Academy and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, along with educational programming and a tour of Government House.  They will meet the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and be in the Legislative Building for the opening of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly and Speech from the Throne.

The Provincial Capital Commission hosts the Charles Knight Youth Mentorship Program with support from the Ministry of Education.  This year marks the seventh year for the program.