My name is Sequoia Abbott-Saulteaux and I am currently attending the University of Regina. I am getting a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, with a Social Studies major and an English. I started taking classes at the university in the fall of 2016, in the Bachelor of Arts program. I was always interested in History, Indigenous studies, and political studies in Canada, but I was never sure of what I wanted to do with these studies. I have had some very positive experiences growing up in the Mystery Lake School Division, so I decided to try out the Education program. I quickly feel in love with the Education program, and knew that I was destined to be a teacher. I chose the secondary program because I had prior experiences with working with adolescences, such as the Tim Hortons Youth Leadership Program and I have always immensely enjoyed it.
My journey with Education started when I first went into the public school system at four years old. I went to École Connaught School in Regina, SK from pre-school until the middle of grade one, when I moved to Thompson, Manitoba. Thompson is a small northern community of about 13,000 located close to Churchill, Manitoba. It has a high Indigenous population and is claims to be the “Hub of the North” because it is surrounded by even smaller communities that frequent the area. I spent fifteen years in Thompson, and completed my elementary and secondary years of school there. I went to Wapanohk Elementary school in the Cree immersion program where I was immersed in numerous after school activities including basketball, DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), FAST (Families and Schools Together), choir, band, and student council. This is where I was also introduced to the Tim Hortons Children’s foundation as a camper per recommendation from my grade six teacher.
My secondary school experience was located exclusively at R. D Parker Collegiate, this was Thompson’s only public high school with a student body reaching over two-thousand. I held part time jobs the entire time I was in high school but still took part in after-school activities such as GLOW (Gay, Lesbian or Whatever), 30 Hour Famine, Choir, SOS (Students Offering Support), and Drama. In high school, I had numerous teachers and educators who really helped me on a positive path and made me the person who I am today. I cannot thank them enough for all that they have done, and only hope that I am able to effect my students in such a positive way.
My dream of being an educator starting with the amazing teachers and opportunities that I was given through my school experience.