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Kitsaki awards scholarships to six aspiring Lac La Ronge Indian Band members

Hailey Cross, La Ronge
Hailey is in her second year of university at Northlands College studying Sociology of Aboriginal Justice and Criminology. After completing her degree, she hopes to continue her studies with a law degree and end up with her own law firm in La Ronge. Her motivation is to be a defense lawyer and support Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system. Besides her schooling, she has been an active volunteer in a number of organizations. She has served as the social media representative on the Justice Society at the University of Regina; the kindergarten class at the Pre-Cam Community School; and the youth representative on the La Ronge Central Services Board.

Jessica Hueser, Prince Albert
Jessica graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and is now enrolled at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine at New Westminster, BC. Upon completion of the four-year program, she will be a naturopathic doctor. She has always wanted to do medicine and appreciates how naturopathic medicine and Aboriginal medicine share many of the same holistic principles. Her goal is to be a naturopathic doctor in Northern Saskatchewan and continually grow her knowledge in Cree Aboriginal heritage. She was an active member of the Saskatoon Indian and Metis Friendship Centre, volunteered at Saskatoon's Oskayak High School mentoring a young woman in grade 12, and was a volunteer at SWITCH (Student Wellness Initiative towards Community Health).

Lisa Ross, from La Ronge and living in Prince Albert
Lisa is enrolled in her second year of Integrated Resource Management at Saskatchewan Polytechnic School. She has a great passion for working in the environmental field, including interests in protecting wildlife, water quality, and forestry management. Her other passion is her two children, who she has raised while going to school and working. She has worked with Athabasca Catering in the Jolu Mine (part of the Kitsaki family of companies), and worked as a recreational programmer at the Jonas Roberts Memorial Community Centre.

Mackenzie Dupre, from La Ronge and living in Saskatoon
Mackenzie recently completed a Bachelor of Education and is working on a degree in Studio Art at the University of Saskatchewan. Art is her passion. She spent four summers teaching Aboriginal Art classes to students in her home community and also has authored and illustrated five Cree children's books. Her goal is to be an Art Educator working to re-establish and incorporate Aboriginal art, language, values and traditions into both the education system as well as society.

Ryland Dupre, from La Ronge, living in Prince Albert and Saskatoon
Ryland is in his first year of studies at the University of Saskatchewan working towards a Bachelor of Educational degree, following in the footsteps of his dad and two sisters. He is interested in teaching as a way to influence youth and be a good role model, in particular instilling the values of hard work and dedication. He learned this during his career in minor hockey, where he says his desire to never let anyone outwork him on the ice lead him to always try his hardest in every shift and drill practice. He applies this same work ethic at school, in his jobs, and when he volunteers.

Jeanine Patterson, La Ronge
Jeanine is in the two-year Business Diploma II Program at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT). It is building on her strong work experience of 10 years with the Lac La Ronge Indian Band – Child & Family Services Agency Inc. as a Human Resources Officer, IT Coordinator, Finance Officer, and in Administration. Her goal is to successfully complete the program and return the Lac La Ronge Indian Band – Child & Family Services Agency Inc. this summer. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family and friends being outdoors - doors, boating, sledding, and camping. She says La Ronge has so much to offer, there is always somewhere new to explore and enjoy nature.