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Indigenous Student Leadership

Walk Your Talk

Centre High Indigenous Student Leadership program began in the 2011-12 school year with five members and has 13 students involved during the current school year. Our leadership group is open for all students (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) but is carried out in a manner which honours traditional First Nations ways of knowing and teachings. As a part of the leadership program, students  act as ambassadors for the school, volunteer inside the school and community, role models, develop new leadership skills through experience and mentoring, plan events, listen to guest speakers, discuss contemporary Indigenous issues, and learn about traditional First Nations customs and traditions. The goal of our leadership group is to provide students with the skills necessary to be leaders in the community through experience as they transition from high school to the next steps of their lives. Students are expected to set goals for themselves, be role models, put reconciliation into action, and participate regularly in leadership volunteering and events.

Our Indigenous Leadership Program is highlighted in the Alberta Native News. The article highlights our program, the students involved and the positive impact it has had on our students and community. You can read the complete article by clicking here.

 Past leadership activities include:

  • Moose Hide Campaign
  • Indigenous Literacy Event
  • Volunteering for various Centre High Campus events
  • Journey to Reconciliation Conference
  • Call for Action Summit
  • Role of Post-Secondary in Reconciliation Conference
  • Walrus Talks Indigenous City Speaker Event
  • Edmonton Community Foundation Speaker Series
  • Actively participating in reconciliation discussions with managers from the City of Edmonton
  • Participating and facilitating Blanket Exercise workshops
  • Teaching dream catcher making to elementary students

Indigenous Leadership Alumni


Aginas, Brianna – Student, University Studies, Yellowhead Tribal College 

Atcheynum, Bree – Student, Cow & Ranch Program, Lakeland College 

Chrysler, Gage – Student, Aboriginal Access Studies, UBC-Okanagan 

Maltais, Shaylene – Student, Transition Year Program Sciences, University of Alberta 

Muskwa, Blake – Student, Transition Year Program Native Studies, University of Alberta


Ameenah Assaff – Student, Education Assistant Program MacEwan University

Ambrose Cardinal-Dubitsky – Student, Transition Year Program Physical Education University of Alberta

Lacey Desjarlais – Student, Transition Year Program Native Studies University of Alberta

Savannah Dreaver – Student, Faculty of Education University of Alberta

Courteney Durand – Student, Native Studies University of Alberta

Darian Kennedy – Student, Aboriginal Access Studies UBC-Okanagan

Tonya Rain – Student, Transition Year Program Native Studies University of Alberta


Paige L’Hirondelle – Student, Native Studies University of Alberta 


Cheyenne Cardinal-Marten – Student, Native Studies University of Alberta

Alannah Mandamin-Shawanda – Student, Native Studies Honours Program University of Alberta

Shauna Stace – Student, Sciences University of Alberta