Released on March 16, 2017
Thanks to the Provincial Capital Commission’s A Day in the Legislative Assembly program, students from École White City School and South Shore Elementary School are today getting an insider’s look at how their government operates.
The program provides students with a chance to not only see how the democratic process works, but learn a bit about Saskatchewan’s history.
“Young people like these will one day be making decisions that affect their fellow citizens, potentially by serving as members of the Legislative Assembly,” Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Christine Tell said. “That’s why it’s so important to provide our students with opportunities like this that teach them about our democratic process and history first-hand.”
In the morning, the students will be introduced in the House by Minister Tell. They will then observe Question Period before participating in a unique panel opportunity. During the panel discussion, which will be led by Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Corey Tochor, students will be seated in Members’ seats and have the opportunity to listen and ask questions.
Minister Tell, Regina Lakeview MLA Carla Beck, and Clerk of the Legislative Assembly Greg Putz will also participate in the panel. In addition, the students will take a tour of the Legislative Building.
“École White City students are honoured that we were selected to participate in an opportunity of active curricular learning,” Grade eight teacher Wendy Ashton said. “Understanding policy making, decisions and democracy at its finest will result in involved and informed future citizens.”
“Students will see first-hand how the government works,” South Shore Elementary School teacher Marcia Shelstad said. “They will get to visit one of the most important buildings in the province, and become knowledgeable about its history. This will stress the importance of voting and may one day pave the way for students to become our future MLAs and even Premier.”
A Day in the Legislative Assembly teaches youth about the history and governance of the province, and inspires pride in Saskatchewan’s capital city of Regina and the province’s historic Legislative Building.
The program is co-ordinated twice annually by the Provincial Capital Commission. It was launched in 2012 and will be hosted again in Fall 2017.
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