Biography of Founding Members:
We are all Mothers thinking 7 Generations ahead...
Shannon M Houle
I am a proud member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation and mother of one grown son and four deceased children (my gifted angels), I live in the neighbouring reserve of Kehewin Cree Nation with my spouse; however, I take to heart my late grandmother's (nohkom Roseanna Houle) words that the land is not apart of me, "I am a part of the land and come from it"; therefore make it a point to do whatever I can to support the advancements and progress of my home community of Onihcikiskwapowin (Saddle Lake) Cree Nation. This I do to honor her and her iyiniwak teachings. She gave me a strong foundation along with the gifts of my parents and extended family.
I am currently completing my Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta while in the specialized Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) which has given me the excellent opportunity to incorporate Indigenous Knowledge & Perspective in my future teaching career. I will complete my after-degree in June 2012. I also hold a Bachelor of General Studies degree in Arts & Science from Athabasca University, with speciality in counselling and information technology.
I have had a strong passion for the environment and worked on Traditional Land Use issues while contracted with the Tribal Chiefs Peacekeeping Conservation Commission a few years back. I also worked with an International Waste Management company when their head office was located in Peachtree City, Georgia, USA called Harris Waste Management. This company got me hooked on recycling and environmental issues in the late 1990s. This company produces recycling equipment for ferrous and nonferrous materials throughout the world. They also had the contract to dismantle Russia's Nuclear Missiles for the United States. I worked as an Office Manager, Data Entry, and Tradeshow Manager there before returning back to Canada and my home community.
I believe in living what I do and therefore have taken steps to be more Green in my home like converting my household products to environmentally friendly products through my membership with Melaleuca. I also have future plans to convert my home to solar and windmill energy. In addition, I try to be more organic and constantly trying to create awareness wherever and whenever possible. I believe any step closer is better than none. I want my child, my grandchildren, and great grandchildren to inherit a healthy Mother Earth, not one that will destine them to illness and suffering.
Please support and do your part, one person can make change, millions can heal Mother Earth!
I am a proud member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation
(biography coming soon)
I am a proud member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation. Pam and I started the First Earth Day Events at Kihew Asiniy Education Centre, Saddle Lake in April 2010. I dearly hope that people will have a more active interest in the environment. One of my dreams is for Saddle Lake to have a recycling program with bins and trucks, etc. Together, we can do this!!
(biography coming soon)