Student Services - FNMI Support
I am the First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education Teacher/Coordinator, working in that capacity for 26 years. I am a member of the Saddle Lake First Nation(Alberta) but I grew up in central Alberta.I received my Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge, majoring in Social Studies and specializing in Aboriginal Education. One of my most treasured accomplishments is that I am a co-founder of History in the Hills program with Dr. Gerald Oetalaar of the University of Alberta Archeology Department which has become a huge production with good success.
I am currently an ATA Association Instructor on Aboriginal Education providing workshops to teachers throughout the province. I am also currently an Elder Advisor to Medicine Hat College. I am a consultant and liaison between corporate and academic instituions, I develop resources through my company. I am an author of children's books and other resources. I am an artisan of traditional crafts.
I previously served on a number of committees and boards like committee the “Dialogue With Albertan’s” Steering Committee; the Art’s in Education Focus Group with Alberta Education; the Olympic Torch Relay Task Force with the city of Medicine Hat. I served on the Medicine Hat Food Bank Board and I am currently president of the History in the Hills board. I also review resources for approval for use in Alberta schools.
My past work in community development and capacity builing for Aboriginal peoples include working with my father indeveloping Metis Nation Local #8 and #89. Working with my mother in the fight for Indian Rights for Indian Women. I have worked provincially with First Nations, Metis and Inuit groups. I was a co-founder of the Miywasin Society working to develop the model for the society and served as chair of the Miywasin board until September 08. I also served as Co-chair of the Region 2 Steering Committee to restructure Child Welfare during the 1996-2004 changes. I sat on various committees in that capaciy: Provincial Standards, Workload Standards, Early Intervention Committees. I served as Co-chair on the SEACFS Board for Region 2 at which time I was appointed Chair of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee to the Minister of Children’s Services. In my own community I served on the Medicine Hat Community Foundation Board, the Saamis Tepee Board and was Chair of the story board committee selecting all the artists. It was my honor to serve on the AADAC board and as the last Acting Chair of the AADAC Board.
Outside of school I have many interests in music and sports. I play guitar and sing and I am an avid crafter, seamstress and golfer!