New School Updates
Since Cree bilingual programming began at St. Frances in 2007 (in partnership with the Saskatoon Tribal Council), the school division has submitted renovation concept plans to the Ministry of Education.
In the fall of 2023, we expect to open the doors of a new St. Frances Cree Bilingual School on 7th Street East (the site of the former Sion Middle School).
Brief timeline for the new school*:
- March 2019: After years of consultations and lobbying, the Government of Saskatchewan commits to planning funding for a new school.
- March 2020: The Government of Saskatchewan announces funding for a new St. Frances Cree bilingual School to be located on the site of the former Sion Middle School on 7th Street East.
- Summer 2021: Demolition of existing building on the Sion site and site preparation
- Early 2022: Completion of detailed design
- Spring/Summer 2022: Start of construction
- Fall 2023: Projected opening of new school
*Future dates are anticipated timelines.
To help document the journey of the new school, we plan a four-part video series. Here's the first.