Susan - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta
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Walking Two Roads

Photograph of SusanMy background originates in the Kitlope, Kemano, and Kitamaat Village, B.C. region. I started out with four strikes against me; I was an uneducated First Nations female and residential school survivor. I am now an educated and extremely proud Xia’nax’siala Haisla woman.

When I moved to Brooks, Alberta, I was satisfied with simple labor jobs as long as I was working. One day I decided that wasn't good enough anymore, I deserved more. I completed my GED and the General Introduction to the Trades Program at the Medicine Hat College Brooks Campus. I then moved on to their Pre-employment Welding Course. Upon completion of this course, I will have my 1st year of welding and enter into the job force as a 2nd year Apprentice.

There are no words to express my gratitude to Alberta Works, Service Canada and especially the Haisla Nation Council and Haisla Nation Capacity Building for funding me through these courses. The staff at the MHC Brooks Campus is amazing and always willing to help. My family has been there for me by helping me persevere and achieve my goals.

I have listed below some quotes that I truly believe in:

  • It is possible to walk two roads: the native spirituality and an educated road. Never forget where you come from.
  • Always believe in yourself.
  • There is no limit to what you can achieve.
  • If you want something - go get it.
Modified: 2016-04-08
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