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ATC Education Committee

 
Overview
The Athabasca Tribal Council Education Committee was formed int he spring of 1997 to share, network, communicate education information, and deal with collective education issues within the region. the committee has met on a regular basis to discuss education concerns and matters that are important in the ATC area. They have developed an understanding of the problem of low education achievement throughout the K-12 education programs as well as low school completion rates (grade 12 graduation) among ATC First Nations students. A majority of our students attend schools within Northland School Division that faces many challenges with student achievement and completion. the ATC Education Committee has been dealing with these issues and is committed to improving the quality of education so that our students can succeed in school. By assuming the responsibility for education the committee hopes to prepare students for a more successful future. The committee is working towards community support for improving education and feels it is necessary to create awareness about educational issues with all members of the Tribal Council. the ATC Education Conferences have been well attended and we have been fortunate to have some prominent First Nations educators to help facilitate our learning. The ATC committee memvers are also implementing education projects and activities at their communities to raise awareness and continue education talk among tribal members.
Committee Member Comments

Rita Marten
Athabasca Tribal Council
(780) 791-6538 ext:247

“We need to promote and validate a holistic education system with a strong emphasis on virtues, values, language and culture”.

Anthony Ladouceur
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
(780) 697-3730

“Education starts at home, at a young age, with parental guidance and support and carries on into adult life.”

Ira Bourke 
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
(780) 697-3730

“Our culture, history and traditions should be included in the education of our children so that they become proud of who they are.”

 
Committee Member Comments

Ray Powder
Fort McKay First Nation
(780) 828-4220

“We need quality education and we must be aware that they have choices as to what we accept for our children. “We must act upon what we value, it is our responsibility to get involved”.

Dayle Hyde 
Fort McKay First Nation
(780) 828-4220

“Our schools need parents and community involved to support children.”

Bernice Cree
Fort McMurray First Nation
(780) 334-2293

“We must be advocates of education as it is the key to future self-sufficiency. Education can be format or informal, but we should never close our minds to the possibilities of learning.”

Stuart Janvier
Chipewyan Prairie First Nation
(780) 559-2259

“Our people must get an education with our own vision, culture and language and use it in the community. “

Charlene Bouchere
Chipewyan Prairie First Nation
(780) 559-2478

“Our students need to achieve like anyone in the province and with positive attitudes and support from the community.”

Juanita Whitehead 
Mikisew Cree First Nation
(780) 697-3740

“First Nations should be excited about being in school where they can reach their potential to achieve their career goals.”

Marlyn Simpson 
Mikisew Cree First Nation
(780) 697-3740

“As native people we became lost along the way so we have to regroup to make education better for our children.”

 

Please feel free to contact any of the members to discuss educational issues