P.O. Box 600
Turtleford, SK, Canada
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Piyesiw Awasis School
Our goal is to best prepare our students to be contributing and thriving citizens of Thunderchild First Nation and anywhere their travels and dreams take them in the world. By doing this, we aim to provide the highest standard of education to our students by ensuring they receive the best possible academic, cultural and athletic experience.
In order to obtain this goal, we focus on our teachers and ensure that their professional development parallels and exceeds best practices so our children are the primary beneficiaries of a quality education.
The formative years of our children are key focal points for the education team here at Thunderchild. As a result, we acknowledge the importance of early childhood development and the critical role this plays in the long-term growth and success of our students.
All About Us
We are proud to be a First Nation school that incorporates family, culture and language into our curriculum as we assist our students in embracing their identity.
We belong to a Cree Nation that continues to practice and promote our language, culture and identify in the each facet of daily life. We hold our Elders in high esteem and look to them for leadership in every aspect of our lives.
We practice the virtues as taught by our Elders and rely on the Creator for strength and guidance in all things.
We are accountable to our Chief and seven Councillors through our Director of Education.
BIOGRAPHY OF NANCY CLARK
My name is Nancy Clarke and I am from Newfoundland where my parents and brother reside. My father's family lineage stems from Scotland before moving to Newfoundland and my mother’s family from the Conne River First Nation (Mi'kmaq). My family is slowly regaining their culture that was denied to them. My family is reconnecting by attending cultural events such as Pow Wow’s, etc.
I started my education journey at the Memorial University of Newfoundland where I obtained my Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Sociology and English as well as my Bachelor of Education. After I completed my degree I moved to Northern Saskatchewan where I started my teaching adventure that led me to become principal/director of the two schools. During my teaching I started my Masters with Concordia University in literacy. After completing half my degree I decided to change focus and I applied to the University of Calgary. And I am currently working on finishing my Masters in Mental Health and Counseling.
My philosophy on education is that all children deserve to have access to an equal opportunity to the best education possible. Children have a right to know their language, their identity, and where they come from so they become confident, respectful, individual citizens who will become future leaders.
OUR STAFF PLEDGE
The staff at Piyesiw Awasis School are valuable assets who contribute to the development and growth of our Nation's future leaders. Below you will find a list of the important staff members who are currently playing an instrumental role in shaping our future here at Thunderchild First Nation:
Post Secondary Coordinator
P.O. Box 600
Turtleford, SK, Canada
Post Secondary Education
Tansi and welcome to the Post-Secondadry Education Page! The Thunderchild First Nation Post Secondary Department will be moving forward with 2 key initiatives in addition to our current responsibilities this upcoming academic year and we'd like your input.
- We will be sending periodic email communication that will include: department updates, important dates and deadlines for applications, scholarship, bursary and related opportunities, and current student and alumni profiles. What do we need from you? Please send Peggy.firstname.lastname@example.org an email requesting to be part of the list and we'll add you. Simple as that!
- Establish the "Thunderchild First Nation Alumni Network"
What is it? Good question and glad you asked. Over the years, Thunderchild has produced outstanding graduates in academia and the trades professions who have made valuable contributions to their work place(s), communities, families and in doing so, have provided a valuable endorsement for our community here at home. We want to profile them. Highlight their successes, share their challenges, how they've overcome these barriers and advice they would give to our students today and themselves at the same age. If you would like to nominate someone who has received post-secondary funding from Thunderchild and has gone on to complete their studies and contribute to a greater world then we would love to hear from you. How do you do this? Send Peggy.email@example.com an email with your nominees' information and story. Again, it's that simple.
But now you're probably more interested in the goods? Where's the application to apply for funding! Just scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the highlighted sections. Send them in prior to the deadlines and stay in contact. We'd love to hear from you.
Saskatchewan Indian Training Assessment Group (SITAG)
The SITAG program is an employment strategy, administered by TFCN, to help our members join the work force. It is complex with many regulations and is monitored by a provincial office out of Saskatoon. New policy changes has resulted in participants being able to secure SITAG funding once every 2 years.
SITAG criteria is as follows:
- Participant must reside on Thunderchild First Nation, if you live elsewhere, you will be referred to the correct location to seek assistance such as Lloydminster, North Battleford or a First Nation;
- Participant cannot be currently employed;
- Participant may receive Job Placement Assistance once every 2 years (this refers to the purchase of work gear); and.
- Participant must have a letter from an employer stating you need work gear, safety tickets, or other training BEFORE financial assistance may be provided.
We recently completed a program offering Safety Tickets to individuals wanting to work in the industry of Oil and Gas. There were 40 spots available, congratulations to those people who completed all their tickets. The SITAG office will now be having an employment drive in partnership with the North Battleford Industrial Career Centre to help participants seek employment and obtain jobs.
We are also hosting Grade 12 Adult Education in partnership with Piyesiw Awasis School. There are currently 18 students registered in the Adult program and we look forward to our graduating class of 2014!
If you have any questions about how to obtain sponsorship, apply to school, or where to obtain funding if you do not live in Thunderchild First Nation please contact Thunderchild Post Secondary Coordinator.