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Elder-in-Residence Program

We are all Treaty People

Suncrest College is pleased to have Elders and Knowledge Keepers to offer support and guidance to our students and staff. They are one of our most valuable resources and are the keepers of sacred stories, songs, language, culture, and traditions that formulate the basis of understanding that we are all Treaty People. Through our Elder-in-Residence program, Elders are foundational to our desire to create an inclusive and respectful learning community for all.

Suncrest College would like to acknowledge that the College campuses are situated on Treaty 4, Treaty 5, and Treaty 6 Territories and the Homeland of the Métis.

Weaving

Woven into our fibers

The Elders-in-Residence program is multifaceted and is woven into the fiber of the College. The Elder’s role continues to grow and evolve with time.

  • Build relationships with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous campus community
  • Promote respect and understanding of Indigenous Culture and Traditions
  • Enhance cultural understanding and perspective
  • Provide mentorship to students and staff
  • Promote harmony and respect through increased knowledge
  • Assist with discussion on areas of access and retention of Indigenous students
  • Assist faculty and staff with the means to build capacity in the areas of cultural understanding and truth and reconciliation

Memories

From many special events

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Meet our Elders and Knowledge Keepers

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Elder Ryley Burns

James Smith Cree Nation (Melfort Campus)

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Elder Kathleen McLean

Red Earth Cree Nation (Nipawin Campus)

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Elder Ethel Lee Colby

Saskatchewan Métis Nation ER II (Melfort, Nipawin, and Tisdale Campuses)

Funding Partners

The Elder-In-Residence program has been funded in part by:

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