Betsy Bruyere

"The SFU Department of Education is progressive, modern, and liberal."

Year Graduated: 2008
Program/Degree: C&I Post-Secondary MEd

Aineen, Nindizhinokaaz Anishnabe Szquatehsey/ Greetings my Ojibway name is Turtle. My English name is Betsy Bruyere, Indian Residential School numbers 66, 63, 62, 52, 49, 16, and #1. In my Nation, the Turtle is recognized for its gifts to humanity, and for its strength, and wisdom, but that is not why my mother named me Turtle. My mother named me Turtle because I am slow. My life is dedicated to doing good work on Traditional Coast Salish Territories that i find myself a guest of. 

I’ve managed to create my own business called Aboriginal Community Equity Services. It is an enterprise I realize I probably will never become rich with, but one I know I will do good work with. Wherever my “career journey” takes me I endeavor to as my mentor, Grave Mirehouse, past President of Native Education College, used to advise “work hard and be kind to others”. This is my story and I’m sticking to it.

Please tell us how you first discovered your program.

Please tell us why you chose the Faculty of Education at SFU for your studies.
I heard that the SFU Faculty of Education was Aboriginal friendly.

Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and why?
Dr. Deborah Bartlette deserves a medal of bravery for walking this journey with this student from Hell, Indian Residential School/Prison Hell. She successfully replaced the negatives with positives, something remarkable.

What do you miss most about your graduate studies in the Faculty of Education?
My Cohorts, who i wish the very best.

What would you say to prospective students who are considering graduate school in the Faculty of Education?
Do it. The SFU Department of Education is progressive, modern, and liberal.

Additional Sharing:
I wish i could do a PhD at SFU.