Information for Stoney Nakoda Graduating Students
Information for Stoney Nakoda Graduating Students Local Programs & Funding
Graduate To Do List:
Pay Grad fees (If you have paid your student fees, this might already be paid - check with Sarah in main office)
Check myPass to ensure you are on track with credits
Ensure you are in good academic standing by June 14th
Check volunteer hours with Mrs. Kim Janse (HOW MANY DO YOU NEED?)
Review the Grad Handbook for deadlines
Graduation Banquet - THURSDAY JUNE 27th (TIME??)
The Grad Banquet is at the Rimrock Hotel in Banff on June 27th
**Each Grad gets THREE guests
Tickets go on sale at the end of April.
Commencement Ceremony - FRIDAY JUNE 28th 7:00pm
**There will be a mandatory Cap and Gown rehearsal for all grads at 11:00 am on Friday, June 28th.*** Students who do not attend the rehearsal should not expect to participate in the ceremony.
The 2019 Commencement Ceremony (Cap and Gown) will be held in the CCHS gymnasium on the evening of Friday, June 28th from 7:00-9:00 pm.
Grads must arrive by 5:45 pm in order to pick up their cap and gown, dress and assemble for the group photo.
FUNDING ROUTES FOR POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION
In order to apply for funding through your band or other sources, you will (or could) need the following documentation:
Individual Band Number
Letter of Band Membership Status
Health Card Number
Alberta ID - through registry
Official High School Transcripts (myPass)
$ for Application ($75)
BAND FUNDING PROCESS & SOURCES
Contact: Lacey Twoyoungmen - firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: May 31st for Band Sponsored application to Institutions
*To note: Funding is on a first come/first served basis - so best to apply early as there is a wait list. Priority is given to new graduates.
**Applications will be available at Graduate Information Night at CCHS
Contact: Cindy Daniels - email@example.com
Emily Hunter- Secretary Bearspaw Post Secondary
Deadline: June 30th
Contact: Sonja Hunter/House - firstname.lastname@example.org
ALTERNATIVE FUNDING SOURCES
Freehorse Society http://www.freehorse.org/
Freehorse Family Wellness Society (FFWS) is a non-profit organization that administers a post secondary funding program on behalf of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). This program is run in accordance with the Post Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) and University and College Entrance Preparation Program (UCEP) Policies of INAC.
Freehorse Society Continued…
A Complete Handbook for Application Process is available here: http://www.freehorse.org/pdfs/full_handbook.pdf
Please carefully review the required documentation and make sure you have everything ready.
To note: You will need a letter proving you have been denied funding by your band to apply.
Indspire provides hundreds of scholarships, bursaries and awards to thousands of Indigenous students every year! Check them out here:
For a list of more Funding, Bursaries & Resources check these websites:
LOCAL POST-SECONDARY PROGRAMS & OPTIONS
Chiniki Post-Secondary- College
High School Upgrading (up to 21 years of age)
Sunchild E-Learning - High School upgrading
Wesley Elders Lodge Campus
Bearspaw - various institutions
Bow Valley College - Canmore Campus
High School Upgrading and Post-Secondary Programs
Contact: Caylen Houghton
Student Navigator, CRPS Outreach/Bow Valley College
(403) 812-1004 Direct Line
Bow Valley College - Canmore Campus
Indigenous Student Recruitment Specialist
P. 403-476-2256 e. email@example.com
Mount Royal University (MRU)’s Aboriginal Education Program (AEP)
& Iniskim Center
Contact: Melanie Parsons, Indigenous Recruitment Officer
t. 403.440.5596 e. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Aboriginal Education Program (AEP) is a University/College preparation program for students of Indigenous ancestry. The program is designed to meet the needs of Indigenous students who are preparing to pursue a post-secondary education.
HOW TO APPLY
Step 1: Bring your Detailed Academic Report (DAR) or unofficial high school transcript and complete an AEP application during the information session
Step 2: Write placement test(s) - Math worksheets are given out at the info session to help you with studying. English component can not be studied for. Test does not determine acceptance, but just helps them to understand where best to place you in classes, what levels, etc.
Step 3: Use acceptance letter to secure funding
Step 4: Register into classes
Step 5: Attend Aboriginal Education Program (AEP) orientation
Information sessions held at the Iniskim Center at MRU for Fall 2019 semester are as follows:
March 8, 2019
March 29, 2019
April 26, 2019
May 10, 2019
May 24, 2019
Placement tests for Fall 2019 semester are as follows:
*All testing begins promptly at 9:00a.m (you have 3 hours to write). You will meet at the Iniskim Centre (room T110). You may not attend a testing session without first attending and applying to the AEP at one of our information sessions. If you arrive late you will not be admitted and will be asked to return on another day.
March 11, 2019
April 1, 2019
April 29, 2019
May 13, 2019
May 27, 2019
**There might also be a chance to write the MRU exam at Morley Community School (April 25 or May 2 TBD)
University of Calgary - Indigenous Students Access Program (ISAP)
Contact: Cate Hanington, Coordinator Indigenous Student Access Program
The Native Centre, University of Calgary
P. 403.220.5975 e. email@example.com
The University of Calgary offers an Indigenous Students Access Program for eligible Indigenous students, including First Nations (Status and Non-status), Métis and Inuit. This program offers first-year university classes coupled with enhanced academic and cultural supports.
ISAP is designed for Indigenous students moving from high school, upgrading or university and college entrance programs (UCEP) to post-secondary degree programs. It is also for returning post-secondary students who may have taken a break in their studies.
The program provides students a foundation of first-year university classes and supports, as well as assisting students in the selection of post-secondary courses relevant to their target degree programs. Once students complete a minimum of one and a maximum of four semesters in this program, they can apply to a post-secondary degree program. Courses taken in ISAP, will apply toward credit in their degree programs.
HOW TO APPLY
Deadline: May 15th, 2019 (Applications are NOT online)
You must contact Cate Hanington at 403.220.5975 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SAIT - Southern Alberta Institute of Technology - Chinook Lodge Resource Center
Contact: Tapaarjuk (Tap) Moore, Indigenous Student Advisor
Chinook Lodge Learner Academic Services
Phone: 403.210.4028 email: email@example.com
The Chinook Lodge Resource Centre — "the Lodge" — is a place for Indigenous learners at SAIT to gather, connect with peers, access advising and counselling, get assistance with financial aid and housing, speak with Elders and others from the community, participate in events, network and more.
Access advisors who can assist you with program and funding applications, locating housing and more.
Meet with program and career counsellors to get assistance with career and program planning.
Develop successful learning strategies to prepare you to succeed in your studies.
Access computers, quiet and group study space, and a place for you to connect with your peers.
Meet with Elders for cultural and spiritual advising and ceremonial smudging.
Networking events provide you an opportunity to meet with prospective employers.
Events and programming provide you with an opportunity to celebrate Indigenous heritage, diverse culture and achievements.
HOW TO APPLY
Most programs FULL for Fall 2019. Apply in October 2019 for the following September 2020.
Contact Tapaarjuk (Tap) Moore, Indigenous Student Advisor P: 403.210.4028 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD)
Acceptance is based on academic standing and the merit of your portfolio.
HOW TO APPLY
Application form, non-refundable $110 fee, and in-progress transcripts
Priority Application deadline: February 1
General Application deadline: First-come first-serve