Saddle Lake Cree Nation

Saddle Lake Cree Nation

Main Contact: Debra  Cardinal, Superintendent of Schools
(dcardinal@saddlelake.ca)

P.O Box 130 –  Saddle Lake, AB (T0A-3T0)
Ph: (780)726-7609
Fx: (780) 726-4069
Toll Free: 1-800-668-0243

Saddle Lake Education Authority Department is located in the main band office and manages the following:

  • Early Childhood (Daycare)
  • Onchamînahos School
  • Saddle Lake Post Secondary
  • Kihiew Asiniy Education Centre

EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES CENTRE / ONCHAMINAHOS SCHOOL / KIHEW ASINIY EDUCATION CENTRE CULTURAL EDUCATION PROGRAM / STUDENT TRANSPORTATION / POST-SECONDARY PROGRAM

ᐅᓂᐦᒋᑭᐢᑲᐧᐳᐃᐧᐣ onihcikiskwapowin Education Law (2013) Committee

BRIEF HISTORY:

In October 2013, the Federal Government of the state of Canada officially introduced a draft proposed legislation in parliament called Bill C-33: First Nation Education Act , which was later renamed “ First Nations Control of First Nations Education” after February 7, 2014.  The official political position of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation was to reject this draft bill/act in its entirety primarily because it threatened the Crown & Treaty alliance, infringed on Indigenous Peoples inherent and oral understanding of treaty responsibilities and rights, would lead to full assimilation and cultural genocide of Indigenous Peoples on Turtle Island, and violate the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Call to Action: Ninety–four (94) Recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.  Bill C-33 would give the Alberta Province and the Minister too much authority, if not all, and remove onihcikiskwapowin authority and jurisdiction over education and also lands in which education would be conducted.  Furthermore, there was no guarantees or protections in the resurgence/revitalization/reconciliation for nêhiyawewin (Cree Language) and culture as the priority in educating nêhiyawak (Cree Peoples) in the Act.

Therefore, Chief and Council authorized and mandated the Saddle Lake Education Authority to assemble an Education Law Committee to plan, develop, and assist our ᐅᓂᐦᒋᑭᐢᑲᐧᐳᐃᐧᐣ onihcikiskwapowin Governance in making a law respecting and honouring our historically inherent nêhiyaw education system.  On October 21, 2013 the SLCN Education Law Committee was formulated consisting of Elders, Educators, Directors, President, Board Members, Council, Lawyers, Grassroots, and Youth.  This first meeting was conducted on lands focused on educating our peoples according to the vision of our ancestors since 1971, known as University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills, to begin the process of developing our nêhiyaw wiyasewêwin (Cree Law). With respect to our customs and teachings, this law has been guided by ceremony, Elders, and our Ancestors.

As a result, wiyasewêwin (this law) is a living document and the goal is to eventually have available two versions: 1) In nêhiyawewin syllabics to honour cultural, spiritual strength, and knowledge, and; 2) in nêhiyawewin (syllabics and roman orthography) and English with translations.

The Committee has a workplan strategy to ensure collaboration and input from onihcikiskwapowinowak (nation members); therefore, after May 3, 2016, the Committee will be arranging various public and individual forums and consultation strategies as the workplan steps are implemented.  Therefore, we encourage any constructive feedback and questions for clarity to ensure our Education Law honours who we are.

UPDATED NEWS FROM POST SECONDARY:

Our 2016 application dates are:

March 15 – for Spring/Summer session

June 1 – for Fall session

October 15 – for Winter session

 FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Our phone number is 780-726-7609
Bernadine Houle-Steinhauer

Post Secondary Director

Saddle Lake Cree Nation

Ph: 780-726-7609 Ext. 2270 Fax: 780-726-4069

Toll Free: 1-800-668-0243

bernadinehs@saddlelake.ca (Primary email)

bernadinehs@gmail.com (Secondary email) 

www.slps.ca

 

Updated: August.25, 2016