SUNTEP 2015 graduation celebration

Photos credit: Jennifer Reid-Vandevord and Brenna Pacholko

Kahkeeyow Kee Weechihinaan Zeusk Oma Ka Tawko shiahk – Sharing in our Learning Journey

The SUNTEP faculty, alumni, Elders, and guests gathered on Friday May 8, 2015 to honor and celebrate the 2015 SUNTEP graduates: Samuel Fayant, Cassandra Fisher, Samantha Gold, Sydney Lemieux, Victoria Parisian, and Mariah Rope. The evening, hosted at the Delta Regina, included entertainment provided by the Seven Stone Steppers elementary school jigging club accompanied by fiddler, Nathan Baker. Preceding the evening program, First Nations drumming group, Napewsak, sang an honour song for the graduates. The students were also honoured with a Métis sash in recognition of their accomplishment. The keynote address was given by Brenna Pacholko and awards were presented by community Métis knowledge keepers Joe Welsh, Erma Taylor, an Amyotte family representative, Jackie Litke, SUNTEP Executive Director Geordy McCaffery, and SUNTEP Regina Coordinator Janice R. Thompson. Cassandra Fisher was honoured with a star blanket for the Spirit of SUNTEP award in recognition of her commitment to leadership and volunteerism within the community. Victoria Parisian was awarded the David Amyotte Memorial scholarship to recognize her commitment to Indigenous education. Samuel Fayant was awarded the Lebret Métis Cultural Days Scholarship to recognize his family and historical ties to the Lebret community as a valuable link to his knowledge of Métis culture through education. SUNTEP is proud of each of the 2015 graduates for their accomplishments thus far and wishes them the best in their future endeavours.

By Brenna Pacholko

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