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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: https://nativestudies.ualberta.ca/events/the-pass-system-documentary-screening

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: facebook.com/thepasssystem
On twitter: twitter.com/ThePassSystem @ThePassSystem
Website: tamarackproductions.com/the-pass-system

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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SLPS Wall of Recognition Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Assisting Students to achieve Personal Success & Academic Excellence

On February 22, 2013 the Wall of Recognition Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrated all post-secondary graduates and created more hope for our nation. It’s a testament to our successes as a nation, exercising our treaty right to education, and a presentation to encourage our youth to further their education.
For more information www.slps.ca

Read more on Graduation Project

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Come Join us for the Official Ribbon Cutting / Unveiling Ceremony for

Friday, February 22, 2013








2:00 PM:     PIPE CEREMONY – Museum

2:30 PM:    Opening Address, Elder’s Address, Grad Project History

                      Grad Project Coordinator, AANDC Address

3:00 PM:   Wall of Recognition Ribbon Cutting / Unveiling

                      Graduate Voice, Grad Video, Closing Remarks

5:00 PM:   Feast & Round Dance to follow at Iyiniwak Cultural Centre

Second Media Release Invite

Second Media Release Invite

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Edmonton Students – Renter Looking for Male Boarder for September 1st

Hello Edmonton Students:

Are you a responsible male student who is serious about school, good credit (will need credit check for apartment management), pays bills on time, cleans up after self, and wants to room in a clean apartment with no partying…if so, email me at smhoule@gmail.com & I will forward your request to the Renter.  Estimated monthly room $700 without groceries.  Fully Furnished.

Only serious applicants need apply.

Information need to include in email:

  1. Name
  2. Contact number (for interview)
  3. Email Address
  4. School Attending
  5. A little about self
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SLPS Graduation Statistics Posted Online…”Living Project” given life

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We are so proud of our graduates present and past because of “Their Achievements”, our people and our community have benefited from their endeavours.

Ever since the signing of Treaty #6 in 1876, at Fort Carlton and Fort Pitt between Her Majesty the Queen and the Plains and Wood Cree Indians, our people have the opportunity to continue their education as we all shall so desire.  Even though our people came from a strong & proud Indigenous history, our formal educational path within our nation since treaty signing in 1876 began with the Canadian Governments implication of agricultural education, then brought us through a dark period of the residential school system.  However, in the 1980s Saddle Lake First Nations leadership made “Education” a priority to guarantee our peoples’ future and success while encouraging us to strengthen & maintain our connections to our culture, traditions, & language...GO to “Graduation Statistics” Page to read further…

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2012 SLPS Annual Student Orientation

SLPS Annual Student Orientation


on Wednesday, August 22 2012

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 4925-49 Ave, St. Paul

Lunch at Noon & must be in attendance to win Prizes!

Student Policy Presentation, Meet & Greet Staff / Board Members, See you there!


To All Sponsored Students

If you have any outstanding documentation, you will need to bring with you to orientation or ensure they are received by our office before Post Secondary Allowance for September 2012 can be released as per application procedure and SLPS policy.

In addition to this SLPS website, we encourage all students to provide an email address because this will be our method to communicate and inform you throughout our academic & support relationship.  We encourage GOOGLE MAIL.

We look so forward to assisting you toward success & getting to know you better.



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Alberta Aboriginal Training and Jobs: Transitional Themes

Have heard about our Facebook page, Alberta Aboriginal Training and Jobs (www.facebook.aboriginaltrainingjobs.com)  we will be launching a Transitional Theme series beginning on August 20th. The series will last for 4 weeks (August 20th – September 14th).

Every (work)day we will be making a few posts that will let our fans know about resources that can be useful for them when transitioning to urban centres. We have been working on collecting resources/web sites for the past few weeks. These include services, and supports from our GoA websites, Alberta Works locations, Federal and City websites, and various external websites, post secondary institutions, service providers, etc.

We are also very excited about using videos we have had made as part of the series!

We have 4 videos that explain a little about transitioning to an urban centre, how the resources found on our page can be helpful, and the videos feature a very popular Canadian Aboriginal action (these should get a lot of views)! We aim to post the first video the first week of September, hoping that more people will be checking Facebook at that time. We really want to promote this series, and take advantage of these videos for promoting what can be found on our page.

We would appreciate any support that can be provided by your area in promoting this series. This can be done through email contacts or on Facebook if you have access. Please let your contacts know to watch for this Transitional Series starting August 20th, as well as reminding them to check our page for more resources during this timeframe, and even sharing the videos when we post them.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this. Thanks,

Kimberly Bellerose-Williams,BA

Aboriginal Development Coordinator

ph: 780-422-0052 | fax: 780-638-3332 | email:kimberly.bellerose@gov.ab.ca

Aboriginal Development Branch

Employment Services Delivery Division

Alberta Human Services

7th Fl, Commerce Place

10155 – 102 Street

Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4L6

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Graduation Project Update…



We still have over 600 potential credentials needing your attention


If you are an Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada classified Full Status 6(1) (a) TREATY MEMBER from Saddle Lake Cree Nation and completed Post Secondary program(s), we are requesting a copy of your credentials to strengthen post secondary initiatives for future generations.

Please go to Saddle Lake Post Secondary Grad Project for more information & download an application today, this includes all credentials past & present…

The Saddle Lake Post Secondary Grad Project has been approved by both the Saddle Lake Chief & Council and the Saddle Lake Education Authority to assist the Post Secondary Program in updating current graduation lists.  It will also attest to the Saddle Lake First Nation’s successful administration of its Post Secondary Education Program since their take-over in 1986.

In addition, SLPS is in the process of creating a Wall of Recognition of all our SLPS Post Secondary Graduates to honor their accomplishments, create Community Pride, & encourage our future generations to follow their dreams.

Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Tentative Date waiting for Approval @ 10 AM

Manitou Kihew Complex Foyer

Saddle Lake Cree Nation

Treaty # 6 Territory

Please see FROM the Desk of the GRAD PROJECT” for up-to-date information

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newo-isîhcikewina mâmawikapesiwin ~ Four Ceremonies Gathering Cultural Camp

Imagenewo-isîhcikewina mâmawikapesiwin

Four Ceremonies Gathering

Cultural Camp

May 28 – June 1, 2012 

newo-isîhcikewina mâmawikapesiwin provides a collective experience in a natural land-based setting.
We bring generations together to nurture & celebrate the spirit of the family. Participants access social & spiritual opportunities to empower communities to break the abuse cycle & continue the healing journey for generations yet to be born.


Other Events involved: New Sun Gathering


Please check us out on Facebook for updates and new programs, courses, etc.

**Click on the picture above or click here > to access the brochure of events

LOCATION: 4.8 km west of St. Paul, Alberta on Highway #29 &
1 km north on Range Road 101 (Past Airport) BQFNC campus

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 780-645-4455 OR Toll Free at 1-888-645-4455 Vince Steinhauer ext. 112 or Lena Lapatack ext. 174 or Vivian Jenkins ext. 230


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Evelyn Johnston’s Farewell

Heart Felt Farewell

Tansi, Students  –

I hope you all had a great Easter holiday!  No doubt, you have all been working very hard up to this point and enjoyed a much-needed break with your loved ones.

First of all, some of you may have already heard, I have accepted the position of Health Director for Saddle Lake Cree Nation, as of March 14, 2012.  Although, I miss everyone (students, staff and board), I am so enjoying my new job and look forward to coming to work each and every day.  I apologize for not letting you know sooner; however, it has been very busy since I started.

I just wanted to say that it has been truly a privilege to work with each and every one of you (and your families) throughout the years.  I have also enjoyed working with the Saddle Lake Education Authority for the past nineteen years, it remains a great place to work (with some fantastic people)!  I have no doubt that they are committed to helping you in achieving your educational goals.

I’d also like to this opportunity to congratulate all of this year’s graduates and to encourage all of you to complete your studies.  It was always such an honour to recognize and celebrate the achievements of our people, whether it was at a grad ceremony or Biennial Round Dance.

In conclusion, I’d like to acknowledge and thank everyone – our community leaders and members and our families who are always there to support us all!  Ekosi maka mina kihtwam.  Kawisaweyimikosinawaw anoc mina kakike!


Evelyn Johnston, Health Director