Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation

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


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 philosphy of continuous learning.

2016-2017 Results

  • Created a new filing system for easier use and for simplified reporting.
  • Upgraded the PSSSP Data Collection from USB to Online.
  • Created new, simplified application forms for funding.
  • Ensured the PSSSP Student Handbook is streamlined with AANDC's guidelines.

Short-Term Objectives

  • Develop a Social Media Policy to mediate concerns by community members (ongoing).
  • Developed tools for students to be better prepared for university or college (ongoing).
  • Make the funding application process more competitive by developing or adopting a rating system for applicants.
  • Update the Student Manual to include community based programming for technical and university training (ongoing)
  • Meet with PSSSP Students monthly for support services (ongoing).
  • Upgrade computer systems and website.
  • Develop a new budgeting system.
  • Separate the PSSSP Student Handbook into two parts; technical and university.

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 Indigenous 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 Careen Counselling to students at earlier grade levels (ongoing).
  • Continue to provide information to Urban Band Members on funding sources available in their region (ongoing).