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Being selected from our District to sit on the Senate is quite an honour. It feels like reaching the ultimate Indian Hall of Fame" says Albert Carrier, the newly appointed Senator for the Fort Qu'Appelle Tribal Council.
Albert Carrier was born and raised on the Piapot Reserve. He is married with two children; a boy and a girl and two adopted daughters.
He has worked as a guard in a Federal Institution. He also worked at the Lebret Student Residence as an Administrator.
In 1973, Albert ran and was successful in his bid for Third Vice Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. After his term expired, Albert returned to Piapot and ran for Chief for two terms. He has been on Council for a number of years.
Albert was a Program Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Indian Agricultural Program for five years.
He is presently working with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program. He also runs his own farm. In his younger days, Albert played hockey all over; both on and off the reserve.
Victor Starblanket from the Starblanket Reserve was recently appointed to sit on the FSIN Senate.
Victor started farming and then went into raising cattle. He was Chief of his band for seventeen years. And was also a Cree Language Instructor.
He attended Lebret School until he was 10 years old.
Victor is married with five boys, three girls; thirty-seven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.
He is now an Elder for his band in an advisory role.
He believes in meeting with Elders to talk about spiritual and traditional lifestyles. "These things should be written in books so that children can read them and use them in the school curriculum."