Welcome to the Team, Celeste Tootoosis
Treaty Education would like to extend a warm and excited welcome to Celeste Tootoosis, who joins the TEA staff as Culture and Land Based Coordinator!
Celeste is incredibly talented, and has a wealth of experience and knowledge in Indigenous studies, including language and land-based learning.
Celeste will be a valuable member of our staff, and a wonderful resource for our Alliance communities.
My name is Celeste Tootoosis and I come from Poundmaker Cree Nations in the Treaty 6 territory. Prior to treaty this was all our land and the universe is our home. We come from the stars and we go back to the stars. Our time here on earth is short and we have each day to thank the Creator and Mother Earth for our gifts.
I graduated from University of Regina (SIFC) with the first graduating class of Indigenous Education (1990). I have a Native Studies Degree with a minor in Cree Language. I have 30 years of experience teaching Native studies, Cree and Culture. I helped write the Cree Culture Credit 10,20,30 for Sakēwēw High School in North Battleford where I have taught the subject as well. It was the first of its kind. I recently graduated with my M Ed Admin (Indigenous Cohort) from the University of Saskatchewan. From my experience as an educator and my recent studies I developed Cree Immersion Land Based camps in the summer months. I am fluent in Cree language and translated all of Wanuskewin’s new displays last year. I continue to promote Cree Language acquisition using the land as a teacher. My other areas of interest include family, pow-wows, wahkotowin and lifelong learning. I am also a Life Skills Coach, Journey Practitioner, and practitioner for Medicine Wheel Model to Natural Horsemanship.