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October 20, 2016 Speaker: Elder Jerry Saddleback

posted Oct 20, 2016, 12:44 PM by ASA - Edmonton Centre   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 12:50 PM ]
Please join us at 7:00 P.M. on October 20. 2016 for a presentation by Elder Jerry Saddleback, Dean of Cultural Programs and Elder-in-Residence for Maskwacîs Cultural College.

Talk takes place at McEwan University in downtown Edmonton in room 7-333.

Bio for Jerry Saddleback

Jerry Saddleback is the Dean of Cultural Programs and Elder-in-Residence for Maskwacîs Cultural College in Maskwacîs. He also teaches Cree and Protocol classes in Enoch on Tuesdays and Cultural Social Work for First Nations University. Jerry was born and raised in Samson Cree Nation by his Father who was a prominent Elder in the community. Through his Father, Jerry Saddleback was exposed to many Elders throughout his early childhood and was taught the Cree language, stories and ceremonies. He attended university and achieved a Bachelor of Education. He taught various grades throughout his teaching career, breaking ground by introducing Cultural and Cree language curricula, catering specifically to Aboriginal children and teens. He used his education and Cree language skills to also do ground breaking field research for Confederacy of Treaty Six interviewing numerous Elders on language, Culture, ceremonies, songs and our Story of Creation.  He is one of a handful of people who knows the Origins of Cree Syllabics and was the key speaker/lecturer for the Conference on Syllabics in June 2013. Jerry’s knowledge was used extensively as a Spiritual Advisor for the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. Today Jerry Saddleback continues the legacy of our Old People and travels wherever he is invited, to share the stories, language, Culture, ceremonies, songs and Story of Creation to all members of the Plains Cree family and other nations.