Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation

"Let us not think of Ourselves, but of Our Children's Children."

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To be a leader in Governance, Administration and Economic Development using the guiding principle of Chief Ahtahkakoop:

"Let us not think of Ourselves, but of Our Children's Children." (Chief Ahtahkakoop, 1876)

Pearl Vandall  Post-Secondary Education Coordinator

Pearl Vandall
Post-Secondary Education Coordinator

post-secondary education

Business Focus

The Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) will focus on increasing the access, participation and certification of it’s students in all areas of continuous education. The Post-Secondary Team will continue to increase community-based learning initiatives. This will assist members in bridging learning to earning, in the trades, technology and university fields. A key focus will be to plan, collaborate, execute and measure strategies with the Education Team and other departments to instill a philosophy of continuous learning.

2018-2019 Results

  • Make the funding application process more competitive by developing or adopting a rating system for applicants.

  • Developed tools for students to be better prepared for university or college (ongoing).

  • Developed a wait list process for post-secondary and technical students due to the increasing amount of Grade 12 graduates.

Short-Term Objectives

  • Develop a Social Media Policy to mediate concerns by community members (ongoing).

  • Meet with PSSSP Students monthly for support services (ongoing).

  • Upgrade office Computer Systems and Web Site.

  • Review and update Post-Secondary student allowance rates.

  • Work close with middle years and high school students to identify possible career paths.

  • Ensure students are aware of their program outlines and course requirements when completing a degree.

  • Encourage new Grade 12 students to prepare and apply for direct entry rather than Arts & Science.

Long-Term Objectives

  • PSSSP will continue to track student activity using the PSSSP Database. This database links with and complements the information gathered by the Education Team and be further utilized to build a business case for growth and sustainability in First Nations Post-Secondary funding (ongoing).

  • Offer on-reserve programming (ongoing).

  • Enforcing, communicating, and stressing the importance of re-applying for funding based on the existing policy (ongoing).

  • Introducing Career Counselling to students at earlier grade levels (ongoing).

  • Continue to provide information to Urban Band Members on funding sources available in their region (ongoing).

  • Collect data from community to foresee future programming and community needs.