Advocate for Children and Youth, Government of Saskatchewan
Corey O’Soup currently serves as Saskatchewan’s Advocate for Children and Youth. He was appointed on August 3, 2016, and assumed the position on November 1, 2016.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Corey is a member of the Key First Nation and is the province’s first First Nations Advocate. Corey and his wife Jacinda have five kids, and he has an extensive career working on behalf of children and youth in his roles as a teacher, senior policy analyst for the FSIN, provincial superintendent for the Ministry of Education, senior manager for the Alberta Ministry of Education, executive director for Education/Post-Secondary Education and Training for the FSIN and as the First Nations and Métis advisor at the Ministry of Education.
In that role, Corey was appointed by the Premier of Saskatchewan to take the lead on the government’s response to the fatal shooting at a school in La Loche in January of 2016. As the Advocate for Children and Youth, Corey says his priorities will be finding ways to reduce the number of First Nations and Métis youth in care. He also has a passion for improving mental health services in Saskatchewan, especially in the north where he has promised a special report on the issues surrounding youth suicides.
In this session, Corey O’Soup will talk about how advocacy and education must work together in order for Indigenous children in Canada to have a better start in life, and how that all starts with a good education. Corey will also discuss his experiences in the education system and provide practical solutions and examples of how […]