Northern Lakes College Elders in Residence Program

Organized by the College’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee, the Elders in Residence Program responds to the Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. In keeping with the College’s inclusive delivery methods, the Elders in Residence Program provides service to students in face-to face meetings and by phone.

Students are encouraged to contact Elders when seeking personal or professional cultural advice or guidance, with questions about Indigenous protocol or languages, or just to have a casual conversation or to say hello. The Native Cultural Arts Museum provided the design and exhibiting of artifacts in the Elder’s rooms.

Elder Biography: Betty David Jackson - Wabasca Campus

Elder Betty has lived in Wabasca since 1974. She is originally from Kinuso and is a member of Swan River First Nation. Elder Betty is a fluent Cree speaker and she has taught Native language and culture at Mistassiniy School for 20 years. Elder Betty graduated from the Northern Lakes College Aboriginal Arts & Design program. Today, she continues to teach crafts such as porcupine quills, bead work, fish scale art, moose hair tufting, and tipi making. Elder Betty has also worked as a part-time Elder at OPK School in Wabasca for a number of years.