Carole Sanderson
Carole was born on the Sturgeon Lake First Nation to Hannah and the late William Kingfisher. The commitment instilled in her through the traditional teachings of her parents, undaunted by the thirteen years she spent at the All Saints Residential School, forged her desire to see the fulfillment of Treaty rights.

She is a pioneer in the field of First Nations education and governance. Carole was one of the first few First Nation graduates to complete an education degree. She returned to the First Nations community as a classroom teacher, guidance counsellor, and education liason officer. Twenty-six years ago she left the security of her employment and agreed to accept an unpaid position as the first employee of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. As the Director of Education to FSIN, she took the lead in development of Indian control of Indian Education.

Through her leadership, other First Nations people soon joined the organization in an effort to work to improve the quality of life for First Nations people through education. It was these early developments that strengthened the FSIN and led to the development of the organization that it is today. Carole was involved in the establishment of FSIN in the 1960's and of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College at the University of Regina in the 1970's. She was instrumental in the development of every renowned institution of the FSIN. She has represented the National Indian Education Council, the Assembly of First Nations Counstitutional Advisory Committee, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, and National First Nations Education Forum.

Carole played a key role in convincing Federal Indian Affairs and Provincial education departments that their education systems must change to reflect First Nations perspectives and develop First Nations curricula that is culturally appropriate and developed by First Nation educators.

She believes our languages, cultures and spirituality must never be compromised in any negotiations. She has consistently lobbiedgovernments at all levels to implement changes and fostered numerous developments and reform in the field of education. Her tireless efforts brought her to the table to support the negotiators during the constitutional deliberations in the early 1980's. Due to her vast experience, she currently holds the appointment of Senior Advisor to the FSIN Office of Treaty and Governance Processes.

Carole's inspiration has always been the young people in whom she saw potential to become future First Nations leaders. Many of the same young people she inspired now look to her for direction and advice as they negotiate the development of Indian self-government and the implementation of Treaties and Treaty Rights.

Her undaunting and consistant voice of reason convinced many of the leaders in this nation that a policy of assimilation would never work. She has challenged directors, ministers, premiers and more than one prime minister to support the development of a system of education and government based on the strong traditions of the First Nations and strengthened by the Treaties.

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