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!
Aboriginal Students Demand Action to Broaden Access to Post-Secondary Education
A recent article in the DIGITAL JOURNAL, issued on January 25, 2012, is addressing the concerns that Post-Secondary students from across Canada have when pursuing a Post-Secondary Education and how the Federal Governement implements PSE.
Tansi Everyone…we are moving along still working on the graduation project. I have returned back to school for my last year in university and will only be coming into the office on Fridays from 8:00am – 4:30PM (4:00pm every other week due to Saddle Lake Cree Nation (SLCN) Administration policy) until the project tentatively wraps up at the end of December 2011; however, Erica Makokis & Felicia White are working diligently cross referencing files & ensuring former & current student’s files are complete with all documentation. If you are unsure if your file is complete and you received a credential in the past, please feel free to contact our office at 1-800-668-0243. We are not only ensuring all transcripts & credentials (degrees, certificates) prior to 1993 are in the file but ALL transcripts & credentials you may have been received/acquired over the years (this includes any not sponsored by our SLCN Post Secondary Department).
A lot of the research has been completed pending some applicants documentation; once we have the majority of verified accreditation, we will be displaying the Saddle Lake Cree Nation band member’s name & accredited certification in the form of a plaque within the Display Case recently installed in the Main Band Office Foyer. As mentioned before, we want to celebrate and show our appreciation for all the former students hard work and honor the challenges they faced while working towards the pursuit of fulfilling their dreams. This display of credentials is also geared towards Community Pride & to encourage our youth, community members; and all human beings to follow their dreams! We are a vibrant and rich community filled with amazing people who have many unique qualities academically & culturally; which enhances and compliments our community & nation in the spirit of education…you are our youth’s Role Models!
Project Tentativeness Ends: December 31, 2011
Please ensure you have forwarded your graduation project application to our office prior to this date to see if you qualify for an incentive for any credentials received prior to 1993 (please include all transcripts & credentials received on application).
Graduation Project 2011-12 Application
Please ensure application is filled out completely – incomplete applications will be put on hold pending applicant’s action
check with our office to see if you have some of the transcripts & credentials already on file
Please attach ALL copies of Credentials with transcripts you received which are considered Post Secondary level.
eg. includes Academic Upgrading, Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate), Master’s Degree, and Doctoral Degree
Wall of Recognition (Work in Progress)
Ronald (Guy) Cardinal completed the display & installed the cabinets in the foyer this past weekend. The” Wall of Recognition” is becoming reality…we will keep you posted!