“Safe Schools” Focus for Meeting of Northwest Territories Teachers Association

Educators are meeting in Yellowknife September 16/17 for the annual orientation for NWTTA regional presidents. Regional presidents, eight in all, represent teachers from across the NWT.

This annual event, designed to address issues of educational relevance to our students, will be addressing Safe Schools Practices and Strategies for NWT schools.

Susan Fraser, Coordinator of Member Services from The Alberta Teachers’ Association, will be presenting information to delegates on a highly successful program piloted in Alberta called, ‘Healthy Interactions’. This program works on developing lines of communication between all partners in education. Members of the community, the District Education Councils, teachers, administrators and students all work together on communication skills.

Healthy Interactions has been running for a number of years in large communities and cities such as Edmonton, Leduc and Red Deer. Of particular interest to NWT residents is the pilot program introduced in Wabasca in 2003/04.

Susan Fraser says, “Wabasca is small, quite isolated, Native community in northern Alberta that had serious social issues. As well it has a public school, a band school and a private school all of which were in competition. The Safe and Caring schools Initiative and the Healthy Interactions projects joined hands and worked with the community. The changes are phenomenal.”

President Amanda Mallon, is looking forward to working with a number of the boards to pilot this program in a number of communities in the NWT as early as this fall.