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Grant MacEwan University – Aboriginal Education Centre – TIPI TALK Newsletter

TIPI TALK Newsletter for November 2016

The Aboriginal Education Centre offers a diverse range of services; such as, academic counselling, personal support services, and cultural programming. Cultural activities include an annual feast, Aboriginal Cultural Day, and an Elders-In-Residence program. Aboriginal Elders are invited throughout the year to share their knowledge and traditions through workshops and special sessions. The Centre is a unique community environment where students gather, study, and learn.

All are welcome.

Please review and if you can, you are more than welcome to attend any of the events that they have planned for the month of November.

If you have any questions, please call 780-497-5382, email or drop by Aboriginal Education Centre at the main Grant MacEwan Campus, downtown Edmonton, Room 7-131.

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Our Student Policy Handbook is now available for your review, please click on the link below.  If you want more information about our Sponsorship Application Process or application forms, please refer to our APPLYING FOR SPONSORSHIP page above: 

Deadline for application submissions has been extended to

June 15, 2016 at 4:30pm

MAY 27, 2016 by 4:30pm

Once you have download, picked up the application from the Saddle Lake Education Authority office and filled out the application you can drop it off at the S.L.E.A. office.  For more information, please call Amberly Makokis, Education Receptionist at 780-726-7609 or toll free at 1-800-688-0243.

Click here to download the application:


Don’t wait!


JUNE 1st

Yes, the next Indspire Application Deadline Date is just around the corner. 

If you have not done so already, you better get busy and fill out your application today.  The next Indspire deadline is fast approaching and the Saddle Lake Post Secondary Staff highly recommend that all our Post Secondary Students apply online today.  Indspire offers many scholarships and bursaries and you can also check the institution that you are attending, it’s FREE MONEY!

These Indspire Scholarships and Bursaries are available to First Nations/Metis post secondary students who are enrolled in the following programs:

  • Business
  • Science
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Computer Studies
  • Education
  • Social Work
  • Technical Studies
  • Fine Arts:  Visual, Performing, Media, Theatre, Production, Graphic……
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Dentistry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Laboratory Research
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Apprenticeships
  • Skilled Trades
  • Technology

For more accurate and up to date information, please visit the INDSPIRE website. You will find all the information about what scholarships and bursaries are available, Application Guidelines, Guide for Students, Program Policies and much more.

From the Saddle Lake Post Secondary Staff:  Bernadine, Betty Ann and Pamela.


Paid 8-Month Position for First Nation, Métis or Inuit Intern with



Shared Value Solutions(SVS) is offering an annual 8-month paid internship for a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit graduate of a university, college, or ECO Canada BEAHR program with an environment or social science focus.

Interns will work from SVS’s office in Guelph, Ontario, Canada for 4 months and then return to their home community to work for the remaining 4 months of the paidplacement period.

Our goal is to help support Indigenous people to empower themselves to lead their communities and take part in nation-building in to the future.

The objectives of the Shared Value Internship Program are:

1) to help young Indigenous professionals build their employment experience, skills, and networks in the environment sector,

2) to help Indigenous professionals enhance their leadership potential, and

3) to build capacity within Indigenous nations to address the complex environmental issues that they may face, including the Duty to Consult and Accommodate, land use planning, and the potential impacts of development projects.

How to apply:

For 2016, applications will be accepted until May 2, 2016 by email to

    • Applications MUST include:
      • Resume outlining qualifications for the position (graduation from a university or college program with an environmental or social science focus and any relevant work or volunteer experiences)
      • Cover letter explaining why the applicant feels that they are the best candidate
      • Signed Memorandum of Understanding (see Appendix A) completed by 1) a host community champion who the intern would report to and 2) a representative of the candidate’s host First Nation, Métis or Inuit community or other Indigenous organization who has signing authority
    • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews within approximately 1 month of the closing date.


  • Pay $17.00 per hour for 35 hours per week for 32 weeks (total $19,040.00).
  • Up to $350 in workshop, conference and/or external training attendance to be covered.
  • Estimated $2,500 investment in career coaching, in-house training, and leadership trainingservices to be provided to the intern over the 8-month period.
  • Internship start date is flexible.

How it works:

  • The Intern will work from SVS’s Guelph, Ontario, Canada office for the first 4 months and will work within their host community (e.g. for the Lands and Resources department, Economic Development department, Consultation department, or similar) or another Indigenous organization (e.g. Tribal Council) for the next 4 months. The full 8-month salary will be covered by SVS.
  • Depending on the interests of the individual and the projects at the time, the work could involve: land use planning; mapping / GIS; oral history interviewing; environmental assessment technical review and impact assessment support; qualitative and quantitative data analysis; Internet research; historic and document reviews; report writing; economic development support; meeting attendance; strategic planning; facilitation; assisting in providing training; proposal, work plan and budget preparation; project coordination; marketing and communications; filmmaking; graphics; or other.
  • Interns must communicate on their activities and learning at least once per month to their host community champion throughout the first 4 months and are requested to continue communicating on their activities and learning to SVS throughout the next 4 months.
  • Interns will set goals, be mentored and have opportunities to attend workshops, conferences, training and receive career coaching throughout the 8-month period.
  • Interns and their host community champions will be supported in seeking funding opportunitiesand models to continue the position past the 8-month internship period if of interest.

About Shared Value Solutions

SVS is a consulting firm whose core business is in regulatory and Environmental Assessment support and strategy; land use and occupancy and archaeology studies; Traditional Ecological Knowledge Studies & Traditional Knowledge Studies; Aboriginal-private sector business partnerships; and community consultation and engagement. SVS is certified to offer BEAHR training in Environmental Site Assessment, Environmental Monitoring, and Land Use Planning. We assist Indigenous and non-Indigenous nations and private sector companies across Canada in coming together to create shared value for all parties involved. Our mission is to “have fun, make money, do good, and do good work”. For more information:

MARCH 15TH is here…

Intersession Application2016_Title Page

I am sending out a gentle reminder to those continuing students who have not sent in their INTERSESSION APPLICATION, to do so TODAY.    Please attach your course registration along with your application form.  Also, when you have access to your Winter 2016 statement of marks, please send those in as well.

*To those continuing students who have submitted all your documents prior to today, thank you, it is much appreciated.

To avoid any delays, please submit these documents today.

The Pass System

All are invited to attend the Screening of The Pass System directed by Alex Williams which illuminates Canada’s history of racial segregation.

Free Admission
Director Alex Williams Present

There will be two viewings in our area, Blue Quills University (UNBQ), St. Paul, AB and University of Alberta (UofA), Edmonton, AB.

We highly encouraging attendance and to also invite non-Indigenous Peoples to attend.

University of Alberta
UofA: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 AT 7:00 PM

Event Page:

Blue Quills University
UNBQ: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:30 AM (asking all to arrive by 11:15 AM)

St. Paul, AB


In the wake of the Northwest Resistance of 1885, three Canadian officials put forward a proposal for a system of segregation – whites from First Nations – to the Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. His response was that “…it is in the highest degree desirable to adopt it.”. He then signed an internal order that became an unofficial policy of Indian Affairs. Henceforth, a pass to get off reserve would only be issued at the pleasure of the local Indian Agent, a man who controlled every aspect of First Nations lives, holding judicial powers. The Government of Canada knew the pass system had no basis in law, but the system nonetheless lasted over six decades.
Having premièred at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and played the Yellowknife International Film Festival (YKFF), and opening the Mispon Festival, This 51 minute documentary tells first-hand stories of the pass system’s affect on First Nations families. They were cut off from their children in residential schools, other relatives, and dispossessed of the ability to freely hunt, fish and trade, resulting in devastating and lasting financial impacts, with obvious human consequences. This film seeks to document the living, but little-known history of the pass system told by the people whose families lived through it.
Follow the film on Facebook:
On twitter: @ThePassSystem

Director: Alex Williams
Executive Producer: James Cullingham
Narration: Tantoo Cardinal
Music by: Cris Derksen
Editor: Igal Hecht
Historical Consultant: John S. Milloy
Produced in association with Tamarack Productions
Graciously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council

The Pass System screening[1]

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