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New era of inclusivity for NAIT’s Aboriginal students and staff – techlifetoday

by ahnationtalk on September 19, 2019177 Views

Coby Steinhauer loves going to school, but loves going home again, too. For the 20-year-old Management student, they’re different worlds. Steinhauer grew up in Saddle Lake Cree Nation, a community of about 5,000 people 170 kilometres northeast of Edmonton. He stays with an aunt, a university professor, during the week and heads back on weekends.

“I like nature,” he says. At home, Steinhauer picks sage and berries, and goes for walks. In the fall, he hunts deer. “It makes me feel happy. It makes me feel like a true nehiyaw (ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐤ) – native person.”

Nevertheless, Steinhauer’s two worlds are closely connected. His education drives his ambition. “I always wanted to be a leader,” he says. “I want to become chief of my reserve.”

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