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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta March 15, 1975-THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID-43 .tft.M'-iv; SNOW FIELD Operation removal is under way al Jarry Park in Montreal. Workers have less lhan a month to clear Ihs snow and get the field in shape for the opening of the 1972 National Baseball league season March 7. Commission suspends employee igli school dropout becomes teacher he teaches a class of J5 adults. Yellowknce, Metis, uses WABAKCA, AHa. (CP) A'program (o learn techniques as high school diopoul now is a f an education technician and Icaclier, then returned to Wnbasca where That is Ihe story of Marcel Yellowknee, 20, who now is one of the front-line soldiers ill the battlG to devclop a depressed area, Under a joint provincial-fed- eral program, So million a year is being spenl to develop square miles in a depressed area 170 miles north of Edmon- fluent Crcc and English to teach adults of all ages in the basics of arithmetic, social studies and other subjects which it is hoped will equip the students to learn a Irade later, or at least learn more of the world. ton with a population of j HAS POOK CONDITION'S half of (hem Indian cr Metis The Wabasca area is a typical who are of mixed race. "depressed" jobs, Yellowknee took a six-month high welfare costs and wide- courso muler the human re- spread illiteracy. Housing condi- sourccs development authority jttons, compared to urban siand- ards, are close to (hose of the last century. Yet (here is something (hat keeps people there. The young and ambitious leave to make it in the big towns and But many, even those who come close to breaking through, come back to a district that despite all its faults is stiil beautiful. Ycllowknee, cne native son who came back, said he "could have made it on the outside." UPGRADE STUDKNTS Yellowknee and another Metis work witli adults often have r.o more than Oracle 3 or 4 when they come to the upgrading 'classes. Working at speeds geared to the individual's power to absorb knowledge, they up- grade (lie students (o Grade 9. Yellowknee is paid a month plus isolation pay. For a high school d.opout and a native in a depressed area, that is big money. Answering complaints from professional teachers that a s i x -m o n t h training teacher starts at more money than a beginning professional teacher, Jeff Weber, himself a former teacher and now a human re- sources official, said ed-techs, such as Yellow knee, are special- I one thing they speak j the native language. i "You must understand said a human resources official J who did not want his name i used, "that the native techni- cians have a trust factor with their students that white teach- ers simply can't have, "They speak the language, arc part of the family and cul- ture and they are also an exam- ple of what education can do for people." Those taking Yellov knee's course arc paid HI a week. The entrance qualification, essen- tially, i.s the desire to upgrade education. OTTAWA