Dallas Cardinal, ATCO Indigenous Education Award Recipient 2017
Dallas Cardinal is one of our Saddle Lake Post Secondary Students, who is currently working on her Bachelor of Arts Degree atConcordia Universityin Edmonton. The Scholarship that Dallas received on January 19, 2017, was theATCO Indigenous Education Awardbased on her commitment to her education, leadership skills and role model qualities that can be recognized in the community.
Good Job Dallas, you make Saddle Lake Cree Nation Proud.
Taking time to Showcase one of our Post Secondary Students
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.
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.”
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
On behalf of the Saddle Lake Post Secondary Program I would like to introduce one of our 2014 Graduates, Quinn Healy. I reached out to Quinn and asked her if she would be interested in submitting a paper to highlight her recent educational successes. Quinn has graciously accepted and has submitted the following. I do encourage our Saddle Lake Post Secondary Graduates to do the same, as it gives others who are thinking about continuing their education, that extra support. Give me a call and let me know, if you are interested in being showcased on our blog.
Hi there! My name is Quinn Healy and over the past 8 years, on and off, I have had the privilege of being sponsored by Saddle Lake Post-Secondary to complete my dreams of becoming a teacher. This was a long process for me but through the support of the Saddle Lake Post Secondary Program, I was able to explore my dreams and passions to find the areas in which I excelled.
I always knew I wanted to teach, to me it was a calling, a vocation, not just a job. I firmly believe that through education children are empowered to become their best selves. I am proud to be an educator who can help facilitate this belief in children, while teaching them valuable lessons about the world through the mandated curriculum. I am also a proud Aboriginal Educator. The district I teach in encourages that we teach from a First Nations perspective. Many of my colleagues didn’t understand what that means or how to go about doing so. I am no expert, yet, but I really pride myself on connecting my Aboriginal beliefs and knowledge in the classroom and helping children understand a different point of view, in connection with the mainstream teachings. Through this passion, I have been able to see not only my students feel connected to material in ways they may have not before, but I have seen my colleagues begin to think and process information differently in terms of their teaching and their own worldviews!
Thanks to the belief I had in myself, the support of SLPS and the support of those around me, my dreams became a reality. This journey was not always easy. My first degree in history came with many, many hours of reading, research and papers and the struggle at the time was very REAL! However, when I pushed deep within myself and knew this journey was a marathon, I gained the confidence and pride to know not only could I attain my dreams, but I was worth becoming what I knew I could be. For anyone thinking of beginning their journey of post-secondary education, I encourage you to start. Jut start. Start believing you’re worth it, that you can do it and eventually, like me, you’ll look back and you won’t believe it at times, but you will be exactly who and what you dreamed you could be!
This Round Dance is to honor all 2013 – 2014 graduates from the Post Secondary, Human Resource Centre, Reinvestments & Cultural Education programs. This is our 16th Biennial Education Round Dance and will be held at the Saddle Lake Cree Nation’s Ayiwakes Cultural Centre. Post Secondary will also be awarding the recipients of the awards for academic excellence in each the following levels: Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Dipolma, Certificate and University College Entrance. These will be based on academic performance for the most recent term only in either the Fall, Inter-session or Winter taken between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014. To qualify, please ensure that your OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS are submitted to Betty Ann Cardinal, Post Secondary Student Advisor, by January 16, 2015. Transcripts can be faxed to 780-726-4069, dropped off at the Education Authority Office or email scanned to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You and your families are welcome to participate in the honor dances and giveaways that are planned during the evening. We ask that graduates arrive at approximately 5:00pm to register if you want to take part in the pipe ceremony. We look forward to your participation and if you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at 1-800-668-0243 (Toll Free) or direct line at 780-726-7609.
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
It is our pleasure to announce our upcoming Round Dance that is being hosted by the Saddle Lake Education Authority, Human Resource Centre and the Reinvestment Programs. This Round Dance is to honor all 2011 and 2012 Post Secondary, Human Resource Centre, Reinvestment Program and High School Graduates.
Saddle Lake Cree Nation Manitou Arena Foyer:
2:00 pm – Pipe Ceremony
3:00 pm – Ribbon Cutting & Unveiling of the Wall of Recognition
6:00 pm – Student Presentations & Round Dance. Master of Ceremonies for the Round Dance are Eric Tootoosis & Earl Wood. Stickmen are Clarence Ward & Dennis Crane.
AWARDS that will be presented during the Round Dance will be the Saddle Lake Chiefs’, Saddle Lake Councillors’, Peter Cardinal Jr. Memorial and the Joe P. Cardinal Memorial Awards. These awards will be presented to the recipients for their academic excellence and performance for the last term only prior to program completion. To qualify, please ensure that your transcripts are submitted to Betty Ann Cardinal, Student Advisor by Friday, February 8, 2013. Transcripts can be faxed to 780-726-4069 or emailed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAFFLE TICKETSwill be on sale January 11, 2013. The prizes are as follows: 1st prize is $1,000; 2nd prize is a 47″ Flat Screen TV; 3rd prize is an IPad; and 4th prize are His and Hers Pendleton Jackets. Tickets can be purchased at the Saddle Lake Education, Human Resource Centre, and Reinvestment Offices. The draw will be made at the Round Dance.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, please call Bernadine Houle-Steinhauer or Marilyn Makokis at 780-726-7609; Christine Cardinal at 780-726-7608; or Ruby Stone at 780-726-3546.
SECURTIY will also be on site for the duration of the Round Dance, however, the Round Dance Committee is not responsible for any injury, theft, or loss.