150 First Nations students across Saskatchewan will put their literacy skills to the test when they face off at the second annual First Nations Spelling Bee.
The students have been preparing for months by reading a list of 400 words they may face when they stand on the stage. The top 3 finalists book a spot in the national spelling bee in Toronto.
Last year, the inaugural First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee became the first all-First Nations spelling bee in Canada to send the winners to nationals.
President Pauline Favel calls the past year ‘unbelievable’ from the support they have received.
She says First Nations students receive a lot of support in sports, but there isn’t much directed towards literacy competition.
In the first annual competition, the three finalists and their families connected with the Blue Jays Foundation and ‘felt like royalty’ watching the Blue Jays play at home. She says the trip was ‘life-changing’ for the students.
Favel says their ultimate goal is to see the First Nations Spelling Bee become a national competition.
The students will be competing at St. Mary’s School throughout Friday.