Thursday, February 19, 2009

Council of Ministers of Education, Canada CMEC Summit on Aboriginal Education

Strengthening Aboriginal Success

Moving Toward Learn Canada 2020

February 24-25, 2009

TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - The Honourable Kelly Lamrock, Chair of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) and Minister of Education for New Brunswick, the Honourable Ken Krawetz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education for Saskatchewan, the Honourable Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour for Saskatchewan, invite the members of the media to the CMEC Summit on Aboriginal Education, to be held on February 24 and 25, 2009, at the Delta Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The summit will bring together all the ministers of education from across Canada, representatives of the federal government and of national and regional Aboriginal organizations - the Assembly of First Nations, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, the M├ętis National Council, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Native Women's Association of Canada - to discuss strengthening Aboriginal successes in education.

Preliminary Media Program (all times and events to be confirmed)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Press conference - Opening of the CMEC Summit on Aboriginal Education (Adam Ballroom)

The press conference will be web-cast, and a link will be provided for members of the media prior to the day.

9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Plenary - Opening Remarks (Adam Ballroom)

Members of the media will have the opportunity to take pictures or video images at the beginning of the plenary session, during Minister Lamrock's and Ministers Krawetz's and Norris' opening remarks.

6:30 p.m. (tent.) Remarks by Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (Battleford Ballroom)

The Premier of Saskatchewan will provide remarks during the evening. Members of the media will be invited to take pictures and video images.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Press conference - Closing of the CMEC Summit on Aboriginal Education (Adam Ballroom)

The press conference will be web-cast, and a link will be provided for members of the media prior to the day.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. School visits

All participants are invited to participate in one of the following visits:

  • K-12 visit: Oskayak High School, Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division (919 Broadway Avenue) Saskatoon Public School Division (310 21st Street East)
  • Postsecondary Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) (229 4th Avenue South) University of Saskatchewan, Native Law Center (Room 160 Law Building, 15 Campus Drive)

Media Work Room

The Cypress Room at the Delta Bessborough will be made available for members of the media. This room will be equipped with Internet access and power outlets.

Media Interview Room

The Carlton Room at the Delta Bessborough will be made available to members of the media for individual interviews with ministers of education and Aboriginal leaders. This room will be equipped with microphones and a media feed box.

Media Accreditation

Members of the media attending the CMEC Summit on Aboriginal Education will be accredited starting up to an hour before each press conference in front of the Cypress Room.

CMEC is an intergovernmental body composed of the ministers responsible for elementary-secondary and advanced education from the provinces and territories. Through CMEC, the ministers share information and undertake projects in areas of mutual interest and concern.

/For further information: Tamara Davis, Coordinator, Communications,
Tel.: (416) 962-8100, ext. 241, E-mail:, Web site:

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