From pilots to nurses: N.W.T. Gwich’in catalog post-secondary success
New timeline lists Gwich'in who’ve graduated from college or university or been certified in a trade
A new timeline of post-secondary Gwich’in graduates is a catalog of firsts.
Also included is Rosalie Adams, who became the first Gwich’in nurse when she graduated from the University of Alberta’s nursing program in 1980.
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Diane Baxter, a program officer with the council who worked on the project, says the goal was to highlight the many successes from the Gwich’in nation.
The timeline includes anyone who’s graduated from college or university or has been certified in a trade.
Baxter says she’s now up to 22 pages of graduates, “and that’s not even all of them.”
She says she was amazed by the number of people who have had success in education.
“There’s so many people out there who have higher education that are doing so well in their life, and it’s a great way to recognize them.”
Shirley Snowshoe, a Teetl'it Gwich'ìn, got her master of education degree in 2010 from the University of British Columbia and is now principal of Chief Julius School in Fort McPherson, N.W.T.
The timeline also includes Dr. Doreen Tardiff, a Teetl'ìt Gwich'ìn who graduated from the University of Manitoba with a PhD in Dentistry in 1996.
Baxter says the First Nation has a 100 per cent employment rate for anyone with post-secondary education.
The timeline will hang on school walls and in Gwich’in offices.
Baxter says it will eventually go online.
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