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Saskatchewan Indian Community College

Oliver Cameron

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      FEBRUARY 1979      v09 n02 p24  
Over the past several years, the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development has become more and more a minor source of funding for Indian Adult Education. Funding was gradually being transferred from the Department of Indian Affairs through Canada Manpower to Provincial control. The province would not deliver accredited Adult Education programs on reserves, nor would they fund the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College as an agent for delivering programs. During this period, very little Manpower dollars were spent for Indian Adult Education.

Up to this point, the Indian was excluded from any meaningful participation in terms of identifying adult training needs on their own Reservations. In short, the training programs that were delivered previously on Indian Reserves were totally inconsistent with the actual needs and aspirations of the Indian people.

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indians then began the process of securing an agreement with the Province of Saskatchewan for the establishment of an Indian Community College. The socio-economic data we provided accurately reflected the educational, social and economic circumstances of Saskatchewan Indians. As a result of the data findings, the Saskatchewan Indian Community College was established on March 1, 1976, with the broad mandate to provide all Indian Bands in Saskatchewan with the opportunity to establish a Community Education program based on the social and economic needs of their Band Members. The College then became the primary delivery agent for all adult level courses in the 131 Indian communities in Saskatchewan.

College Staff
Back Row Left to Right: Morris McLeod Field co-ordinator, P.A., Roy Goodwill Trades Training Co-ordinator, Barry Warsylswicz Adult Basic Ed. Co-ordinator, Albert Musqua Field Co-ordinator Yorkton, Vern Bachiu Skill Developer Apprenticeship Programs. Second Row: Vince Bellegarde University Programs Co-ordinator, Mary Ann Walker Field Co-ordinator Touchwood - File Hills - Qu'Appelle, Starlet Pitz Inventory Control Clerk, Eva Thomas Field Co-ordinator Meadow Lake, Marcella Perry Assistant "abe" Co-ordinator, Bonnie Anderson Secretary, Josalyn Arcand Acc. Clerk, Joan Scott Accountant. Front Row: Sam Hardlotte Field Co-ordinator P.A., Oliver Cameron Info. Officer, Tony Sparvier Principal, Osborne Turner Skill Coordinator, Gary Atimoyoo Sec. Treasurer. Missing Are: Henry Sutherland Asst. Skill Co-ordinator, George PeeAce, Director - Field Services, Joe Quewezance Field Co-ordinator Saskatoon, Ruth Daniels Asst. Principal - Program Administrator, Alma King Field Co-ordinator North Battleford.

Saskatchewan Indian Community College

Oliver Cameron

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      FEBRUARY 1979      v09 n02 p25  
Since the conception of the Community College, approximately 10,000 Indian adults have received some form of training from the Indian Community College. Of course, many of the same people that took training in the first year had enrolled for different training in subsequent years. Still, compared to previous years, this figure is astronomical! Follow-ups are done with students and the various programs they were involved with. A good number of them have secured steady employment, and those not employed are either furthering their training in technical, vocational or university-level programming.

Because of the low level of education amongst the majority of Indians, naturally the most requested program was Adult Basic Education, which is more commonly known as "Upgrading". Thirty upgrading classes were delivered in 1976-1977. Another 36 were delivered in 1977-1978, and currently, there are 18 programs in progress.

Skill training is becoming more and more important to Indian workers. With the upsurge of new development in the north, employment opportunities for Indian people with proper technical abilities are enormous.

NOTE: Saskatchewan Indian Community College staff were already advising Indian people in the north to be prepared for employment opportunities. They were being informed to request training programs that would have direct advantages as soon as new developments occurred. The trades training that was mentioned was Carpentry, Electrical, Motor Repairs and other industrial field trades.

Currently, there are a great number of Skill Training programs being delivered on numerous reserves in many parts of Saskatchewan. This is part of the new look and approach that the Saskatchewan Indian Community College wishes to pursue. Negotiations are ongoing with the Apprenticeship Branch, Department of Labour, and Kelsey Institute. The purpose of these negotiations is to eventually get our Indian students identured in various trades and obtain their Journeyman Papers. All this is to be on a Reserve.

The College is also involved in other types of training, such as Band Staff, Community Health Reps, Agriculture, Driver Training and University level programs.

The readers should bear in mind that this information is more of broad overview of the Saskatchewan Indian Community College and its function. Every function and program within the College is more detailed.

For more information on the College and its programs, please call Oliver Cameron, Information Officer, or Tony Sparvier at 343-1682. Or write to the Saskatchewan Indian Community College, P.O. Box 3085, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7K 3S9.


Cowessess Band

Cowessess I.D. School
St. Joseph's College, Yorkton
Campbell Collegiate, Regina
Mount Royal College, Calgary, Alberta - Associate Diploma - Physical Education
Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota - 1973; Bachelor's Degree - Physical Education/Recreation
Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts - Master's Degree in Education - Community and Outdoor Education

Worked with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians for the last five years.
Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College Recreation Consultant
Department of Culture and Youth - Humboldt

Assistant Principal/Program Administrator

Member of Sturgeon Lake Band:
Married to Gerald, who is a third-year student in the Indian Social Work Education Program (I.S.W.E.P.) Has one son, Todd, who is five.

Graduated from Birch Hills High School in 1968
Attended Robertson Secretarial School, Saskatoon 1968-1969

1969-1971 - Employed as a Secretary at the Indian and Metis Department in Prince Albert.
1971-1972 - Worked as a Secretary for Prince Albert Pulp Company 1972-1973 Employed as Office Manager and Secretary by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians in Prince Albert. During this time, I worked for various programs, as well as Secretary to the Executive.
1974-1976 - Worked as a Secretary for the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College.
1976-present - When the Saskatchewan Indian Community College came into being in 1976, I transferred from the Cultural College to the Community College as a Secretary. During my employment with the Community College, I have worked in a variety of positions - Secretary, AdministrativeAssistant, Accounting Clerk and Program Administrator.

University Program Co-ordinator

Born:May 15, 1940 Peepeekisis Band

Age: 38

St. Paul's High School, Lebret, Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Business College 1959-1960
University of Regina - Social Work
Driver Training Educator - Kelsey Institute
Defensive Driver Training Instructor - Canada Safety Council
Saskatchewan Power Corporation - 1961-1964
Government of Canada (Postal Services) - 1964-1966
Government of Saskatchewan -1969-1971
Welfare Worker - Probation Officer-Government of Canada - 1971-1976
Social Services Administrator - Meadow Lake
Saskatchewan Indian Community College, Saskatoon

Saskatchewan Indian Community College

Oliver Cameron

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      FEBRUARY 1979      v09 n02 p26  
Skill Co-ordinator

He began working for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians in 1970 as a Field Researcher with the Saskatchewan Indian Community College, Saskatoon Task Force which involved a two year study of the history of Indian Education in Saskatchewan.

When the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College was established in 1972, he was placed in various positions in the College such as Education Liaisons, Assistant to the Acting Director and Co-ordinator of the Community Education program which involved setting up Adult Education courses on Reserves.

After the Saskatchewan Indian Community College was established in 1976, he transferred over to take up the position as Director of Field Services, and at the present time, he is working as Co-ordinator of the Skill Development program, which offers Vocational and Trades Apprenticeship Training to Indian Adults throughout Saskatchewan Reserves.

Altogether, he has been employed with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians for nine years, mainly in the area of Indian Education. Prior to that, he worked for the C.N.R. for four and a half years as a Timekeeper and Administration Officer, and four years with the Canada Agriculture Research Department at the University of Saskatchewan Campus.

He is a member of the James Smith Band. In the summer time, he enjoys playing golf as well as outdoor camping with his family. He has four children, two boys and two girls. He likes hunting and fishing. In the winter, he likes curling and old timer's hockey. His favorite hobby is playing guitar in a Band.

Adult Basic Education Co-ordinator

Born, raised and educated in southern Saskatchewan
Attended University of Regina - completed Master's Degree
Course work in Social Psychology, 1975
Work history included employment with Saskatoon Region Community College
Department of Continuing Education
University of Regina
Regina Community Switchboard
Department of the Government of the Northwest Territories
Director of Field Services

From Nut Lake Band

Went to Kelsey Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences and completed Industrial Mechanics
Steam and Air Conditioning courses in 1970
Went to work for the Department of Transport at the Saskatoon Airport in the Heating and Air Conditioning Department
Left this job to take over as Band Administrator for Nut Lake
Worked there for 18 months. Then went to work for the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College in the Audio-Visual Department for two years
Used to video-tape Chiefs' Conferences and got interested in Indian Politics
Was a Band Council Member for four years, and also the Saskatoon District Chiefs Representative for two terms
Was the Saskatchewan Indian Community College Chairman from April, 1976 to November, 1978, then the District Reps hired me to take over as Director of Field Services for the College
I am enjoying this job because I now see the operations of the College from the staff point of view, rather than the policy maker's point of view.
Information Officer

Beardy's and Okemasis Band

Finished High School in Duck Lake (eventually)!
Worked in Potash Mines for several months
Started working for the Provincial Government in 1969
Worked there for two years, then transferred to the Department of Indian Affairs, Saskatoon District, and worked as a Band Management Officer
Oliver then requested a leave of absence without pay from the Department in June, for a period of three years. His term expires in June, 1979
Oliver is going to have a jazzy problem come June, to decide what he is going to do. Another problem Oliver has is that he wants to go to University, but claims that the allowances paid to students is just too low.

Presently, though, he is enjoying his work immensely, and Oliver gets involved in all areas of programming with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians.

Students With Intructors
A group of 12 students from the Community College Urban Orientation Program toured the
Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College on February 9th, 1979. Seen here with the students
are the instructors; Vic Wilson, Darrel McNab and Ken Atherton.