Faith Watson is the Executive Director for Treaty Education Alliance, she has worked for the Alliance for 4 years. 1 year as Executive Director and 3 years as the Assessment Coordinator. Faith is a member of the Gordon First Nation and has worked as an educator for 15 years as an Education Assistant, Teacher, and Administrator in provincial and federally run schools. Faith has earned a Bachelor of Indigenous Education, a Master of Educational Administration and is currently completing her second master’s degree in Educational Psychology, all from the University of Regina.
Faith is a mother to 4 children and a grandmother to 3 grandchildren who are her pride and joy.
Angus Vincent hails from the Waterhen Lake First Nation in northern Saskatchewan. He has made Yorkton his home since 2009 and has worked in the business field since 2005 ranging in topics such as Finance, Procurement, Marketing, Human Resources, and Management. He has obtained his professional designation in HR through AFOA and is educated in the fields of Accounting and Management through University of Regina and Sask Polytechnic.
Angus is married and has two children. He is also a professional actor, an ACTRA Board Member and an accomplished musician with two albums released to date. Angus joined Treaty Education Alliance as the Director of Human Resources in 2021.
Kristen Tootoosis is the Director of Mental Health Services. She is from Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation. Kristen is married to Aaron, her life partner of 23 years and they are blessed with two sons, and one daughter. Kristen has broad experience as a psychotherapist, therapeutic program manager, educator/teacher, and post-secondary instructor. She has devoted her career to working with Indigenous Peoples of all ages in the area of Education and Psychotherapy. Kristen has worked with various First Nations communities focusing on educational therapeutic supports for students, families, and schools.
Kristen holds a Bachelor of Indigenous Education through the First Nations University of Canada, and a Masters in Educational Psychology, through the University of Regina. Kristen has been with the Treaty Education Alliance since September 2021.
Sarah Ballard grew up in Ontario and received her Bachelor of Education Degree and Reading Specialist certification from Lakehead University. She was a classroom teacher for fourteen years, mostly teaching grades 2, 3, 5 and 6, in Ontario and Alberta. Sarah joined Treaty Education Alliance as a Literacy Facilitator in January 2018 and has been in her current role as the School Services Coordinator since August 2021. Her primary responsibility is to work with principals and teachers to coordinate services required by the schools. She also works directly with teachers regarding assessments, student data and resources.
Sarah is currently working towards her Master of Education in Teaching, Learning and Leadership through the University of Regina. She is the mother of one amazing little man and is very honoured to be able to work alongside the team at TEA.
“My passion is for everything literacy and I love every chance that I get to work with teachers and their students.” - Sarah
Jaclyn Yuzicappi is Treaty Education Alliance’s Executive Assistant. She is from the Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation. Jaclyn is an integral part of our administrative team working within the Alliance over the past 5 years. Jaclyn works closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Negotiating Chiefs, Technical Team, and the Elders Advisory Committee.
Jaclyn takes pride in teaching her four beautiful children about their Dakota culture, language, and ceremonies. She is a mother, a sister, an aunt and a friend.
Sheena Koops is a Nation Builder Advocate with Treaty Education Alliance. Sheena has taught in urban, rural, band, provincial, and community schools for 27 years. Sheena is married to Michael and they share three daughters, two sons-in-law, and one granddaughter. Sheena is a doctoral student and sessional instructor at the University of Regina. In 2011, she founded a blog, www.treatywalks.blogspot.ca. Sheena has worked for the Alliance since August 2018.
Raymond Petit is the Nation Builder and Youth Advocate and has been working for the Alliance for 9 years. Ray also works with the Negotiating Technical teams and supports other coworkers when asked. Ray has been working with young people for 40 years from residential school, young offenders, drug and alcohol counselling and his current position.
Chris Chick has served as the ICT Computer Technician for Treaty Education Alliance since 2016. Chris proudly designs, manages, and upkeeps the TEA networks, keeping students, teachers, and staff safe and connected in this digital world. He also provides technical support in all other areas such as printers, smartboards, and programming classes for TEA digital literacy days.
“I’ve been working in the technology sector for 20+ years at this point but never has my work been more rewarding.” – Chris
Huu Pham is an experienced cloud administrator who has worked at Treaty Education Alliance since 2017. Huu supports the online cloud system for Office 365 used by teachers and students in First Nation schools. His work ensures that the systems and tools are up-to-date and function smoothly, providing teachers and students with access to the latest technology and software.
Huu Pham holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Computer Science from the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. His education has provided him with a solid foundation in programming, data structures, algorithms, software engineering, and other fundamental areas of computer science. This knowledge and skillset has been instrumental in his career as a cloud administrator, where he has utilized his technical skills to maintain and manage cloud-based systems.
Overall, Huu Pham is a dedicated professional who is passionate about empowering others with technology. He takes pride in his work and is committed to ensuring that the systems and tools he manages are functioning efficiently and effectively.
Lisa Ewack is a Nakoda, Dakota, from the Ocean Man First Nation and resides in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. She is a Life giver and grandmother who is passionate and committed to working with First Nation children, youth and families.
Lisa joined the team in 2021, bringing a strength/asset-based approach in her role as Student Support Coordinator that aligns to the goal, vision and mandate of the Treaty Education Alliance. She is a professional educator with over 25 years of experience serving in the education sector. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Education Degree and a Certificate of Extended Studies in Inclusive Education from the University of Regina.
Culture and language are very important to Lisa. She is personally grounded in her cultural values and practises and regularly threads this knowledge into the fabric of her everyday life and teaching.
Celeste Tootoosis is from the Poundmaker Cree Nation in Treaty 6 Territory. Growing up on the land with her grandparents, John and Louisa Tootoosis, she learned naturopathy and was taken to pow-wows and ceremonies as a child. Celeste earned the title of Miss Indian World in 1987.
Celeste’s passion is in the classroom working with youth, teaching language and culture. She developed a culture credit that is used as curriculum in Saskatchewan. She has traveled with youth around the world presenting on the Medicine Wheel Model to Natural Horsemanship. Celeste has her Master’s in Education and was awarded the Indspire Culture Language and Traditions award in 2020 during the pandemic. Celeste joined the team as the Culture and Land Based Coordinator in February 2022.