Indigenous Career Journey Stories

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Indigenous Career Journey Stories: Deborah L. Smith

School for Contemporary Arts

"The road has been a long one and filled with many stops and starts. I would say never be afraid of having to do things over and over again because failure is not weakness or "bad". It's a way to know how to move forward." 

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Come Witness the Annual Indigenous Success Stories Event

Aboriginal

SFU First Nations Student Association (FNSA) invites you to come and witness this annual event. Indigenous storytellers will share their journeys of success, expressing the adversity and perseverance faced along the way. Don't miss this chance to engage in the SFU Indigenous community as well as those closely connected to SFU!

By: Chris McCluskie 11543 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Career Journey Stories: Marlana “Kaneratenhawi” Thompson-Baker

Indigenous

My professor explained, learn the things you don't know, don't waste your time learning what you already know and don't waste time reinventing the wheel.

By: Marlana “Kaneratenhawi” Thompson-Baker 10817 reads | 0 comments
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John Howard Society - Hobden House

Indigenous Co-op

Theresa did her co-op as a residence worker.  She shares about her learning experiences and her future goals.

By: Theresa John 7532 reads | 0 comments
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Student Success Story: Carmen van Soest

Indigenous Journey Stories

"I hope to be someone that other Indigenous youth can look up to, and a person that others can count on in my everyday life. And hopefully I can get into Law school so I can help Indigenous peoples fight for their rights." 

By: Carmen van Soest 5339 reads | 0 comments
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Student Success Story: Kayla Mitchell

Indigenous Career Journey Stories

"Just do it! If you get invested in your education you want to continue, and the rewards are extraordinary! Even when it is hard, you continue to do it. I’ve learned so much since starting, it’s phenomenal."

By: Kayla Mitchell 8772 reads | 0 comments
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Student Success Story: Tracy Ned

Indigenous

"I will continue to encourage students out there to dream and that its okay to be scared but don’t’ let that fear hold you back."

By: Tracy Ned 8266 reads | 0 comments
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Student Success Story: Trina Setah

Co-operative Education

"In all of my years, I worked to be well known, respected and network with many people.  Those networks proved to be worth-while as I worked my way up the ladder.  It pays to make good connections that has strategically helped me out when I needed them." 

By: Trina Setah 7151 reads | 0 comments
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Community Engagement Clarifies Career Choice

Peer Education

Meet Lindsay Wainwright, 32, who has already completed her second year of medical school at UBC even though she is just graduating with her SFU B.Sc. this June. 

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Student Success Story: Karen Johnson

Arts and Social Sciences

My proudest moment was being the first of a class of 12 from NEC to graduate at SFU. There are so many obstacles one must crawl over to get a degree especially being an older student.

By: Karen Johnson 6833 reads | 0 comments
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Student Success Story: Sheryl Thompson

Arts and Social Sciences

"My big picture goal is to work in policy to strengthen the health and well being of Aboriginal Peoples by working to combine Aboriginal children, families, communities and health into a single concept that is so interconnected that they can not be teased apart to be treated as independent entities."

By: Sheryl Thompson 6796 reads | 0 comments
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Michelle Corfield: Indigenous Career Journey Story

Indigenous Journey Stories

Work hard nothing in life is easy, be honest to yourself and others and maintain your principles and values. 

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Deborah Jeffery: Indigenous Career Journey Story

Indigenous

“I always return to the words of Indigenous scholar, Eber Hampton, that we need to design an education system ‘worthy of our ancestors and our children,’”

By: Jennifer White 8357 reads | 0 comments
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Kelvin Redvers; Award-Winning Aboriginal Filmmaker and Television Producer

Indigenous Career Journey Stories

I believe my desire to help bring understanding between First Nations people and the rest of the world is what drives both my educational and work career; it keeps pushing me to learn and try new things, and onto all kinds of different windy roads.

By: Kelvin Redvers 9895 reads | 0 comments
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Invitation to Indigenous Peoples Career Stories 2014

Indigenous Career Journey Stories

Listen to our Indigenous Peoples Career Stories panel from various walks of life introduce themselves and discuss their backgrounds, their education, the obstacles they have overcome, and their career path.

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Captain Michael F. Harris: Indigenous Journey Story

Indigenous

“Our Native Bows and Arrows today, are now Education, being clean of Alcohol and Drugs, Respect for Self and all Creator gives us, Non-Racist attitudes, Good hard work in attitude and job at hand, Love and Caring for Mother Earth and all Beings, through God Our Creator. Aho." - Michael F. Harris

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Michelle Martinson: Indigenous Journey Story

nursing

Despite dealing with the challenges of being a full time mom, I did manage to do some upgrading and a few courses while my kids were little. In 2014, I intend to run for president of the British Columbia Nurses Union

By: Michelle Martinson 21142 reads | 0 comments
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Jodie-Lynn Waddilove: Indigenous Journey Story

FNSA

Maclean's Magazine named Jodie-Lynn as "One of Canada’s Top 100 Under 30 to watch in the new millennium.” Her career as a lawyer has been nothing but inspirational.

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Steve Sxwithul’txw : Indigenous Journey Story

Indigenous Career Journey Stories

"Finding my path to success is a cliché. It’s what you are willing to do to sacrifice to get ahead and make a life to which you feel proud of. That is why I continue chasing the dream of being happy and fulfilled.” - Steve Sxwithul’txw

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Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Policing and Leadership FNSA Aboriginal Criminology Series

Indigenous

The FNSA Aboriginal Criminology Series Perspectives on Leadership and Policing is on January 28th at SFU Harbour Centre. Join them to hear from Sgt. Ernie Louttit. After 27 years with the Saskatoon Police Service, he is retiring and publishing his memoirs.

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Ojibwa Business Owner, Theresa Contois

Business

Theresa Contois is a Coast Salish business owner. She took possession of Marmalady catering company November 1st and is in the process opening a café in January. Here is an interview touching on various aspects of her business experience.

By: Christina Coolidge 14312 reads | 0 comments
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An Education

Indigenous

I have discovered that learning from others, is the greatest way to avoid making mistakes; and listening to others with the intention to truly understand, is the greatest way to gain a real education; after all… “An education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he/she learned in school” (Albert Einstein).

By: Christina Coolidge 7839 reads | 0 comments
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Randy Jack Q & A

Indigenous

Randy Jack is from the Cheslatta Carrier Nation. He is now an outreach worker with the Vancouver Recovery Club.Here is a series of question and answers to learn more about his education and career experiences.

By: Christina Coolidge 10538 reads | 0 comments
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Angela Semple’s Career Story

Indigenous Career Journey Stories

Angela writes about coming to SFU, the Indigenous connections she found, and how her job search found her back in the New Student Enrollment and Transition department.

By: Angela Semple 14389 reads | 0 comments
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Reflecting on Being a Indigenous Career Speaker: Audrey Tooshkenig

Indigenous Career Journey Stories

Audrey Tooshkenig reflects on her experience at the 2012 Indigenous People's Career Stories event, and how she managed to overcome a brief dip in her self-confidence to present to a room full of earnest listeners.

By: Audrey Tooshkenig 8246 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Indigenous Speakers: Crystal Morris

Indigenous

Crystal Morris shares her education and career journey, which has included a wide variety of roles in government, and the private sector, and how they brought her to where she is today.

By: Crystal Morris 18654 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous People's Career Stories 2013

Indigenous

On February 21st, the Indigenous People’s Career Stories event took place at the Diamond Alumni Centre. This was my first year attending the event and I was pleasantly surprised.

By: Christina Coolidge 12661 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Career Story: Miranda Stirling: Capacity and Events Manager, New Relationship Trust

Indigenous

I learned that the brilliant thing about college is everyone is at different levels. After I completed my diploma I went on to get my bachelors at Royal Roads University and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management.

By: Miranda Stirling 15543 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Career Journey: Dr. Peter Eppinga

Indigenous

I am currently taking a Masters Degree in Health Science at the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge on evidence based medicine, medical biostatistics, clinical epidemiology and public health.

By: Dr. Peter Eppinga 14496 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Peoples Career Stories: Employer Networking

Employment Opportunities

Learn about some of the employers and Indigenous student recruiters you can network with at the Indigenous Peoples Career Stores event.

By: Christina Coolidge 13133 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Stories: Gerald Bent, Aboriginal Correctional Programs Officer

Indigenous Career Journey Stories

Gerald was born in Lytton, BC. He is a Status Aboriginal man and is a member of the Lytton First Nation. He shares the career journey that led him to becoming an Aboriginal Correctional Program Officer, making a difference in the lives of Aboriginal youth.

By: Gerald Bent 10749 reads | 0 comments
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Indigneous Peoples Career Stories

Indigenous Career Journey Stories

Career Services is hosting its annual Indigenous Peoples Career Stories event on February 21st, 2013 which brings opportunites and experiences directly to SFU's Indigneous students.

By: Christina Coolidge 13471 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Bio: CST Beverly PITAWANAKWAT

Indigenous

Beverly PITAWANAKWAT, an RCMP constable with the First Nations Policing Unit for the community of Chehalis, she shares her career story, and offers advice and requirements for Aboriginal youth hoping to join the RCMP.

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Indigenous Career Story: Corey Dekker, Aboriginal Affairs, CEAA

Indigenous Career Journey Stories

Everyone wanted to know what others were planning to do with their education. I remember one classmate’s mother asking me: “what sort of job are you going pursue with a degree in Political Science?" Every Liberal Arts student has confronted this question, and most – if anything like myself – have struggled to answer it. 

By: Corey Dekker 10348 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Stories: Duncan Mccue, CBC Reporter & Professor

Indigenous Stories

"I could, and should, expose the sickness that plagues Canada after a century of ignoring the many facets of aboriginal experience. And it empowered me to confront the darkness that I’ve witnessed in our own communities – substance abuse, corruption, and prejudice." Learn more about Duncan's journey...

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Indigenous Stories: Ann Seymour, Aboriginal Health Liaison Social Worker

Series

Never give up. No matter what anyone says? As I say to my kids: “Stand tall, shoulders back and walk proud. You have to beleive in yourself, because you can do it!"

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Indigenous Stories: Jordan Wapass, Capacity Development Initiatives Officer

Indigenous Career Journey Stories

Professor Hunter, my family (Uncle Kelly, Mom and Grandparents) have and have always had great confidence in me. This is where my strength comes from. Like most youth/students, there is a mixture of confusion, fear and excitement about what to do next.

By: Jordan Wapass 16433 reads | 0 comments
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Bruce Dumont: How to Become a Métis Politician

Series

"We lived the Metis life as my father hunted and trapped when he wasn't
 working to keep the family fed. My mother tanned hides, did beautiful beadwork and made clothing and bedding. We danced to the fiddle and sang." 

By: Bruce Dumont 12034 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Stories: Rudy Riemer/Yumk, SFU Department of First Nations Studies and Archaeology

Indigenous Career Journey Stories

"I grew up in Squamish BC, learning from elders and knowledgeable community members about Squamish Nation culture.  Many of my fondest memories are walking to downtown with my grandpa, sitting at my grand uncles kitchen table and going up the river to fish. During these formative years I was always careful to listen to what they had to say." 

By: Rudy Riemer/Yumk 13509 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Stories: Bruce R. Dumont, Metis National Council Minister Responsible for Health

Indigenous

"My father was Cree and French and my mother Cree and Scot with both parents fluent in the Cree language. I come from a family of ten. We lived in poverty as Road Allowance Metis around Sundre, Alberta, after my parents left the Metis Settlement of Kikino, Alberta in 1943 with 4 children in tow. 

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By: Bruce R. Dumont 15307 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Stories: Cynthia George Taha, Registered Nurse

Indigenous Career Journey Stories

"With the uncertainty and changes in healthcare systems for our people and a separate health authority plan that will marginalize our people, I decided to be where my skills and services will be most beneficial." How a girl from Wetsuweten Nation became a leader in the Nursing field. 

By: Cynthia George Taha 14943 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Stories: Audrey Tooshkenig, Elementary School Teacher

Indigenous

"Having not graduated from high school, I feared academic inadequacies and had a lot of self doubt about attending post secondary. Fortunately, a dear friend basically took me to an Academic Adivisor to discuss my prospective plans. By the time I left that appointment I knew that I was on my way to my next phase."

By: Audrey Tooshkenig 15223 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Stories: John Burrows, Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota & Author

Indigenous Career Journey Stories

Time after time the talk would range through philosophy, geology, history, religion, political science and law. The ideas were usually big and they were generously mixed with
teasing, wild speculation, humour and tears.

By: John Burrows 24203 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Stories: William Lindsay on Persistance

Indigenous

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence”. Through my life’s experience I can certainly attest to the truthfulness of these words.I hope lessons for others can be found in them. Hence, “Press On” friends and make your own dreams a reality!

By: Wiiliam Lindsay 13223 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Stories: Brandon Gabriel, Professional Contemporary Visual Artist

Indigenous Stories

Brandon is a professional Contemporary Visual Artist based in Langley. He grew up in the Kwantlen Reserve and went on to study at Kwantlen University and attained his BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2006.

By: Brandon Gabriel 18659 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Career Services & The Dance of Success

Aboriginal Peoples

My name is Mike & I'm originally from Little Black Bear’s Band in the Treaty #4 area. I am in my final year of a First Nations Studies degree. Our goal is to determine ways in which the Career Services team can better serve the indigenous student population.

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Indigenous Peoples' Career Stories

Event Summaries

Listen to our Panel from various walks of life introduce themselves and discuss their backgrounds, their education, the obstacles they have overcome. These Aboriginal representatives are here to answer tell their story and answer your questions.

 

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Peeriodical: Olympic Sized Persistence Pays Off

Career Peers

If there’s someone who knows about the terrifying journey that is the work search, it is Marissa Nahanee. She was a panellist at the Indigenous Peoples Career Stories event on March 3, 2011.  Marissa has worked on many world class events, including the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Torch relay and visits by Princes Charles and Edward. But Marissa’s job did not just happen to her – she had to work for it.

By: Dionne Liu 4464 reads | 0 comments