Meet the 2011 Recipients!
Chennae Lapatak - Treaty 6
Chennae Lapatak is in her third year of a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Accounting at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton. She has already gained valuable work experience at Ernst & Young and will continue her career there upon graduation while she works toward a professional designation as a Chartered Accountant. Chennae is a proud mother and actively involved with volunteering and student committees. She hopes to one day use her education and career to benefit her home community of Saddle Lake Cree Nation.
Katrina Hewton-Backfat - Treaty 7
Katrina is in her second year of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Mount Royal University and is enrolled in the Psychology program at Athabasca University. She is from the Siksika Nation where she volunteers and has worked as a summer student with the Siksika Health and Wellness Centre. Katrina hopes to continue to work in her community in the mental health field when she completes her studies.
Pamela Taylor -Treaty 8
Pamela is a third year student completing a Social Work diploma at Red Deer College. She plans to continue her studies through the University of Calgary's collaborative program which will allow her to remain in Red Deer while completing a dual degree in Social Work and Psychology. She is actively working with the Red Deer Native Friendship Centre, and after completing her degree plans to remain in Red Deer with her daughter and use her education to positively contribute to the Aboriginal Community.
Krista McFayden - Métis
Krista McFadyen is a second year PhD student in Indigenous Peoples Education at the University of Alberta. She is studying Aboriginal Education and Rights with a focus on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a tool for social justice in Aboriginal communities. Her studies are complemented by work with the Aboriginal Commission on Human Rights and Justice, a community organization that advocates and educates around Aboriginal rights and justice.