Saskatoon’s long-awaited new Cree bilingual school is becoming a reality.
Students, teachers, and many others who’ve provided a helping hand in planning the project gathered at the future site of St. Frances Cree Bilingual School Monday to officially begin construction.
“It’s a joyous day. I think everybody’s hearts are full because we’ve worked for a long time to be able to ensure that this opportunity for all of those students that are present at St. Francis, but also the future students,” Diane Boyko, chair of Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools said.
The three-storey Kindergarten to Grade 8 school is expected to welcome roughly 700 students when it opens in the fall of 2025. It will also reunite the program that was forced to split into two schools — one for Kindergarten to Grade 5, and another for grades 6 to 8 — because of increased demand.