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Council of Elders

On behalf of the Council of Elders, I would like to extend a greeting for a blessed school year. We have been busy in the community with harvesting medicines, attending ceremonies, pow wow, and round dances. 

Our office is located at Ben Calf Robe School 11833-64 street,
please feel free to drop by or contact us at 780-471-2360.  

We wish everyone a blessed school year as we work towards making a difference into the lives of our children and community. The Council of Elders consists of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit members.  The Council of Elders is the knowledge and wisdom keepers.  They provide language, cultural wisdom, and spiritual guidance to students and Division staff based on the Pimatisiwin “Way of Life” teachings. Pimatisiwin means “Way of Life”, Pimatisiwin is a value that includes growth/change, pride, healing, self-esteem, unity, identity, tradition, and culture. 

Advocating for First Nations, Metis and Inuit education to government and the broader community. Acting as and be recognized as the authentic voice in areas of protocol and ceremony Encouraging parental and community involvement on furthering Indigenous education in ECSD Promoting the integration of First Nation, Metis, and Inuit content and perspectives into provincial curricula, classrooms, and schools Providing traditional guidance and support to staff and students in matters pertaining to traditional teachings and cross-cultural issues within the school and community Recruiting of First Nations, 

Metis and Inuit staff Members of the Council share cultural teachings and can be called upon to lead Indigenous ceremonies.  Sacred Indigenous ceremonies serve to develop an understanding of the connectedness between Indigenous spirituality and Catholicity.  Members of the Council assist in the planning and administering of Catholic celebrations. 


The Council of Elders (left to right)

  • Helper Rhonda Metallic-Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation/resides in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Kehteya Shirley Cardinal-Beaver Lake Cree Nation/resides in Edmonton
  • Kehteya Jeanette Lean-Frog Lake First Nation/resides in Edmonton
  • Kehteya Betty Letendre- Beaver Lake Cree Nation/resides in Edmonton, Alberta 
  • Kehteya Tony Arcand- Alexander First Nation 
  • Kehteya Francis Alexis (wearing top hat)- Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation
  • Kehteya Karen MacKenzie- Edmonton, Alberta
  • Oskepew (helper in Cree) Lloyd Cardinal-Wolf Lake, Alberta/resides in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Kehteya Elmer Rattlesnake- Kisiko Awasis , Alberta
  • Kehteya Joyce Burno-Kisiko Awasis, Alberta
  • Helper Kevin Drury of Edmonton, Alberta

Missing from photo:

  • Kehteya Rocky Morin- Enoch Cree Nation
  • Kehteya George Desjarlais- Frog Lake First Nation/Enoch Cree Nation
  • Keeper of Grandmothers Traditional Way-Jeannie Letendre-Edmonton, Alberta



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