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Student Orientation Scavenger Hunt Winners


We would like to thank all the Saddle Lake Post Secondary Students who attended our Annual Student Orientation in St. Paul last month.  We hope that you were able to absorb and take away information that you found useful and look forward to assisting you during the coming months.

The following are the winners of this years Scavenger Hunt:

1.  Kevin Jackson wins a $50 Mark’s clothing gift card;

2.  Tessie Cardinal (Samson) wins a $50 Petrocan gift card;

3.  Samantha Jo Cardinal wins a $50 Old Navy gift card.

Here are the answers to the Scavenger Hunt:

1.  What is the new Application Deadline date and what is it?  June 01, 2013 for full sponsorship

2.  Who is the new Director?  Bernadine Houle-Steinhauer

3.  What is the new email address?  slpseducation@gmail.com

4.  What is the maximum tuition?  $6,000

5.  What are two ways to use Google Docs?  a) to share documents.  b) chatting

6. What is the CURRENT Graduation Project total credentials?  682

7. What is the current POTENTIAL Graduation Project total credentials?  1,248

8.  What is our website address?  www.slps.ca

Once again a huge THANK YOU for your support at this event coming from the Post Secondary Staff.

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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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Graduation Project Update…


PROJECT IS A “LIVING DOCUMENT” ~ Updated Yearly

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We still have over 600 potential credentials needing your attention

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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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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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SLPS Graduation Project UPDATE


FROM the Desk of the GRAD PROJECT

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!


Please go to our “Graduation Project” page for more information
Reported by Shannon Houle
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The Grad Project’s “Wall of Recognition” & Fostering of Community Pride…..


Show our Gratitude

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We want to show our gratitude to a few valuable members of our community who have and are contributing their expertise on this project.

Vivian Roller ~ for the Cree Translation for our “Wall of Recognition” fostering community pride and;

Ronald (Guy) Cardinal ~ for creating the beautiful display (in progress) to be set up in the Main Foyer at the Saddle Lake Cree Nation complex

We are so excited and looking forward to seeing this project become a reality as we know you are all anxiously waiting patiently to see also.

Go to the Graduation Project page for more information!

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SLPS Graduation Project 2011-12


Did you complete prior to 1993?

PASS ON THE WORD

The Saddle 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, particularly prior to 1993.  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.

CHECK OUT OR “GRADUATION PROJECT” PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION