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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

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First Nation Students are Successful in Post Secondary

First Nation Students are Successful in Post Secondary



Posted By Roxane Manitowabi

I have attended many graduation ceremonies over the years in First Nations communities and at several Post Secondary Institutions. There is nothing more breathtaking or moving than to witness a procession of First Nation Post Secondary Graduates enter a room with the grandfather drum sounding an honour song and seeing family and community members there to offer support and extend their congratulations for the students on their accomplishments. More often than not, those graduates have had to overcome very difficult challenges in their lives and succeeded against all odds.

On December 17, 2011 the Wikwemikong Post Secondary Counselling Unit, Wikwemikong Board of Education and the community came out to honour 75 Post secondary graduates from the class of 2011. The 75 graduates, including my son, had all received either diplomas, degrees or masters in a wide variety of professions from various community colleges, universities, and First Nations post-secondary institutions, both in Canada and abroad.

As a parent I cannot begin to describe the sense of pride and accomplishment that I felt at that very moment. To see your child along with so many other First Nation students being honoured for their success and to have so many community members come out to share in this celebration and stand beside them was absolutely amazing.

The supports provided by the community through the Post Secondary Student Support program, the education counsellors and the education program staff were critical to the success of all of these students and they all need to be commended for the GREAT work that they do for each of our students.

If we want to look for success stories in First Nations education, we need not look any farther than First Nation Education Post Secondary Program. There are now thousands of post secondary graduates that have gone through the program and become successful professionals, making important contributions to society. Many have had to overcome great challenges, dealing with the impacts of colonization, systemic racism, poverty, social issues, residential school, loss of cultural identity and language.

If we factor in all of these challenges along with the fact that post secondary funding has been capped at 2% since 1996 and that First Nations schools receive 0% funding for libraries, technology, sports and recreation, vocational training, curriculum development, teacher training and benefits, and aboriginal language revitalization and protection, First Nations should get an A+ for their exceptional role in maintaining and managing such a successful program.

It is evident by the success of the students in this one community that the Post Secondary Student Support Program is effective, and that role that people play at the community level is critical. So hats off to all our First Nation Education Directors, Education Counsellors, Administrators and to the community for believing in the students who access and graduate through the program.

Roxane Manitowabi

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Scholarship Opportunities

Want some free money?  Is there more month than there is cheque?  Does band funding or student loan not quite cover all the bills?  Don’t think you are eligible?  Apply for a scholarship, or a bursary, or a grant, and you might just qualify for additional monies that you did not expect!

Here at the University of Calgary Native Centre, we have two big binders filled with scholarships for Aboriginal (Indian Status) students, plus another binder with Metis-specific scholarships, grants and bursaries, listed by application deadline dates.  Students are welcome to drop by (M-F, 8:30-4:30) to peruse these binders, located in the Main Reception Office at The Native Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.

Check out these Aboriginal Student Scholarship Links:

Good luck to all of you Aboriginal students, and remember:  Apply, apply, APPLY!

Please feel free to forward this information on to other interested parties.