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To all Saddle Lake Post Secondary Student’s

Please call the office today if you have not received your PSA!  Amberly and I are in the office to assist you.  I have emailed all our students yesterday with information that you require in the coming days/weeks.


Answering these COVID-19 self assessmentquestions, will help you in determining whether you should to tested for the COVID-19 virus.

Launch Self Assessment


The Alberta Health Services website has information that is current and important for those that are wanting to learn about the COVID-19. 

I have provided the following links for you to review:

If there is any other information from our office or regarding the COVID-19, this post will be updated the the time of post.  Betty Ann Cardinal, Student Advisor

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The Saddle Lake Post Secondary will continue to update our students with related COVID-19 information.  We ask that you forward any of the information below to family & friends.  If you require further information or want to find out whats happening back home, for those students out of province, etc., please call or email any one of us and we will assist you in any way we can:

Betty Ann Cardinal, Student Advisor – In Office –

Amberly Makokis, Administrative Assistant – In Office –

Bernadine Houle-Steinhauer, Director – Out of Office –

Toll Free #1-800-668-0243





SADDLE LAKE HEALTH CARE CENTRE FACEBOOK PAGE – Please visit their page to access information.

The following information was gathered from the various Post Secondary Institutions, Local School Divisions, Saddle Lake Cree Nation Chief & Council, Governments and other NEWS sources .

Alberta Chief Medical Officer Update

World Health OrganizationInterview with Dr. Bruce Aylward

Health CanadaTravel

Indigenous Service Canada

Alberta Health – Government of Canada – Information for Albertans

St. Paul Education Division No.1

Think Indigenous Facebook Page – Online Indigenous Education

Globe News – March 17, 2020

Saddle Lake Cree Nation WebPage

Blood Tribe Chief Roy Fox State of Emergency Notice– Translation in English starts at 3:14

The following are Updates or Notices from the various Banking Institutions.  If your bank is not listed, go to their website and search COVID-19.





More Notices will be posted as they arise.

Posted by Betty Ann Cardinal, Post Secondary Student Advisor

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The Saddle Lake Post Secondary Program remains open and if you have an inquiry or request, please email Betty Ann Cardinal, Student Advisor at (in office); Bernadine Houle-Steinhauer, Direct at (out of office); or Amberly Makokis, Adminstrative Assistant at (out of office) or call the office at 780-726-7609.

COVID-19 virus Updates

Public Health Agency of Canada – March 15, 2020:

Below you will find links to many of the Universities/Colleges that have information regarding their stand on the COVID-19

University of Alberta Notice

NAIT Notice

McEwan University Notice

Yellowhead Tribal College Notice

University of Calgary Notice

Athabasca University Notice

Bow Valley College Notice

University of Saskatchewan Notice

University of Regina Notice

University of British Columbia Notice

University of Victoria Notice

Portage College Notice

College of New Caledonia Notice

Norquest College Notice

First Nation University of Canada Notice

Lewis and Clark State University, Idaho, USA Notice

Nicola Valley Institute of Technologies, BC Notice

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Notice

Saskatchewan Indian Institution of Technology

University of New Brunswick Notice

Simon Fraser University Notice


Saddle Lake Health Care Centre Facebook Page

Saddle Lake Cree Nation New and Information Facebook Page

Posted by Betty Ann Cardinal, Student Advisor

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World Health Organization (WHO) message on how to protect yourself from the Coronavirus


World Health Organization

World Health Organization – Q&A

Information Sheet – click here —> Coronavirus Information Sheet

Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Services – What is COVID-19

Alberta Health Services – Difference between COVID-19 & Influenza

Health Canada Information Sheets


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The World Health Organization changed the name to COVID-19

  • CO-“corona”, VI-rus-“D-isease & the year it emerged = 2019

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Human Coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses similar to the common cold.


Symptoms may be very mild or more serious, however, the biggest symptoms are:

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  • #1 Cough
  • #2 Difficulty Breathing
  • #3 Fever

Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.


COVID-19 are most commonly SPREAD from an infected person through the following:

  • respiratory droplets when someone coughs or sneezes;
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • touching something with the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.

Best way to PREVENT the spread of infection is:

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Chief Eric Shirt, Saddle Lake Cree Nation sent out a message to Membership

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  • Stay informed and Be Prepared and follow the advice of your local health authorities and be aware of the restrictions put in place on travel, movement and gatherings – Chief Eric Shirt made a statement to the members of the Saddle Lake Cree Nations; Resource Material;

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  • Hand Washing is very important – wash your hands with soap and water or by using an alcohol-based hand rub – KILLS VIRUSES that may be on your hands;

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  • Close Personal Contact – such as touching or shaking hands – remain at least 2 meter distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezes;

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  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouthcontaminated hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose and mouth and from there the virus can enter your body;

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  • Cover you mouth when you cough or sneeze

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  • Stay home if your sick to avoid to protect others and yourself and cover your mouth and nose with your arm or tissues to reduce the spread of germs & immediately dispose of any issues you have used into the garbage as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards

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  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as toys, electron devices and doorknobs

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  • call ahead before you visit a health care professional or call your local public health authority – tell them your symptoms and follow their instructions.  if you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and them your symptoms.

World Health Organization

World Health Organization – Q&A

Information Sheet – click here —> Coronavirus Information Sheet

Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Services – What is COVID-19

Alberta Health Services – Difference between COVID-19 & Influenza

Health Canada Information Sheets

Health Canada Updates

Coronavirus Info Sheet

Call 1-833-784-4397

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World Wide Web – click here —>

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Email —>


**This information was shared by the Public Health Agency of Canada and materials shared by Rudy Parentau’s power point presenation of Wednesday, March 11, 2020


Posted by Betty Ann Cardinal, Post Secondary Student Advisor

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When is the Next Indspire Application Deadline?

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.

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Samantha Cardinal, 3rd Yr Bachelor of Nursing Student

Taking time to Showcase one of our Post Secondary Students

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Mount Royal University’s 3rd yr Bachelor of Nursing Students receiving a warm welcome as they arrive in Hawaii.  Samantha Cardinal is standing in the back row in the middle.

We wanted to take this opportunity to share Samantha Cardinal’s experience with everyone.  Samantha is from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Treaty Six Territory and is the daughter of Sam and Earlene Cardinal.

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Samantha Cardinal (5th from left or 4th from right), 3yr Bachelor of Nursing at Mount Royal University

She is in the Bachelor of Nursing Program at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta.  Samantha was accepted to take her 3year clinical practicum in Hawaii as part of the 4 week long international placement called the Global Indigenous Child Health Field School course (NURS3124).  This practicum is part of MRU’s School of Nursing program that offers experiential learning to connect local and global indigenous children’s health.  Students are learning how indigenous ways of being and knowing inform their role to promote child health under the guidance of Elder Francine Dudoit, Director, Traditional Hawaiian Healing at the Waikiki Health Centre.

A quote from Samantha:

“Not only has the work in the school and drop in center been inspiring, but also the additional experiences when we are not attending clinical.  I had the opportunity to attend a Global Health discussion with fourth year nursing students at the University of Hawaii.  Our discussion focused on indigenous and Migrant Health.  I was so nervous but I was proud to share my experiences as a First Nations individual and a member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation.  I think I surprised everyone when I introduced myself as Cree.  This experience has also inspired me in wanting to learn and share more by attending as many conferences as I can and joining the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada so that I can advocate for our community.”

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Samantha Cardinal, 3rd Bachelor of Nursing Student (right), Hawaii 2015

Samantha started her practicum on  November 19th and she will return back to Calgary on December 19, 2015.  To see more of her adventure and her group practicum, you can go to the following link – HAWAII FIELD SCHOOL: OHANA GROUP C.

On behalf of Saddle Lake Post Secondary, your Nation is very proud of you and wish you all the best.  Can’t wait to see more picture and hope to see you soon.

Saddle Lake Post Secondary Staff:  Bernadine Houle-Steinhauer, Director; Betty Ann Cardinal, Student Advisor; Pamela Large, Administrative Assistant


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University of Alberta

U of A ASDAboriginal Student Discovery Day

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015

Aboriginal Student Discovery Day is a full day event where student will have an opportunity to:

  1. Learn about the U of A Undergraduate Programs, Admission Requirements, Housing, Student Services, International Opportunities, as well as next steps for applying.
  2. Discuss University life with current undergraduate students.
  3. Speak with faculty and services representatives.
  4. Tour Lister Centre Residence and the University of Alberta North Campus
  5. Meet new friends from other schools or communities
  6. Win great prizes!

With over 200 undergraduate programs, 450 student groups, and a number of activities and services on campus, there is so much for you to discover at the University of Alberta.

TIME: 10:00 – 3:00.    REGISTRATION:  9:30.    LOCATION:  Maple Leaf Room, Lister Centre (116 St and 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB)





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Can having a Positive Attitude help you be a better Student?

Indeed having a positive attitude can assist students to reach their educational dreams.  Having a positive attitude, whether you are a 3rd year student or 1st year student, will influence the outcome of your studies.  From remembering the tons of information that you will be going through to focusing and absorbing the information that you need for writing your papers and exams.  Having a positive attitude will ensure that you walk through your educational journey with excitement, determination and knowing you will succeed.

Bernadine & Betty Ann

We, the Saddle Lake Post Secondary Staff would like to welcome you all back to another amazing academic year.  We are here “ASSISTING STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE PERSONAL SUCCESS & ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE” and would like to take this opportunity to say “HI” and give you a few quick updates.  As some of you may know that Diana Cardinal is no longer with Saddle Lake Post Secondary team as the Administrative Assistant and we want to thank students for their patience during this transition time.

We would like to acknowledge those students who submitted ALL the necessary documents prior to June 1, 2014, your efforts will be recognized and you will be hearing from us very soon.

We have gone through our Post Secondary Allowance (PSA) process twice without out too many errors.  We want to thank those students who have submitted their Banking Information on time and encourage everyone to do so by before Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

The Knowing Our Spirits Conference is just around the corner and if you are a Post Secondary Student in the Saddle Lake or Edmonton Area, you maybe eligible.  You can start submitting your names for the KOS Conference on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 and will close on Friday, October 31, 2014.  For further details, call Bernadine or Betty Ann at the office during those dates.

One last item is the Back Pack’s, if you are a SLPS Student and have not received a Back Pack, please call the office so that you can make arrangements for pick up.  As always, we encourage students to ensure they have a copy of our Saddle Lake Post Secondary Student Policy Handbook and become familiar with its contents :).

With that, we look forward to another great year and if you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email at or to bettyanncardinal@saddlelake,ca.

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2013 – 2014 ACADEMIC YEAR!

Assisting Students to Achieve Personal Success & Academic Excellence
Assisting Students to Achieve Personal Success & Academic Excellence
We, the Post Secondary Staff, want to send out a WELCOME BACK to all our continuing students and WELCOME ABOARD to all our new and returning students. Your decision to continue your educational journey is commended and wish you all the best. Here at the Post Secondary office it has been a whirl wind of activity, as we prepared your files and collaborated with your institutions to ensure that your return would be as smooth as possible. We ask that if you have not sent in any of the documents that we have requested, to please send in via email, fax or drop off at the office.

We want to thank all the students who came out and participated at our Post Secondary Student Orientation that we hosted on August 26, 2013 in St. Paul. It was a pleasure meeting all the students and you are an inspiration to those around you . Congratulations to those students who took home prizes and thank you for all the positive feedback that we received, it is greatly appreciated.

We want to invite you to come back every now and again to check out our website for any updates and news from the Post Secondary staff. If you have any questions or concerns, regarding your sponsorship or have any questions regarding the institution you are attending, please call or email us right away. You can find our contact information is below or you can “click” on the “Contact Us” tab at the top . We will also have our Student Handbook up for your review shortly, all you have to do is go to our “sponsorship and applications” page and you will find it there along with other important details for your review.

Once again, good luck to you all and please keep in touch. Bye for now.

Bernadine Houle-Steinhauer, Post Secondary Director
Betty Ann Cardinal, Post Secondary Student Advisor
Pamela Large, Administrative Assistant

Saddle Lake Post Secondary
Box 130, Saddle Lake, AB T0A3T0
1-800-668-0243 toll free or 1-780-726-4069 fax.

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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

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