The Blessing of Friendship: Doris Wesaquate Remembers Her Years at SIFC

Doris Wesaquate graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Indian Studies in 1991 and Bachelor of Indian Education in 1997.

Doris says one of the best parts of her studies at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC) were the students. She says meeting fellow students and forming relationships with them was a blessing.

Even though students can be really busy, “just meeting and getting to know so many people attending the school” deeply influenced her and helped foster her love of learning.

Doris is also very grateful that she had Aboriginal professors which made learning for her very intuitive.

Being a student and parent wasn’t easy, finding trustworthy childcare and balancing night classes with her children was a challenge. But, she says her children were very encouraging and pushed her to continue her studies.

Both of Doris’ parents were Residential school survivors and had a very important role in her life when it came to her education.

Doris is currently taking her Master of Adult Education, and will be finished her program in April 2017. Depending on funding, she hopes to possibly be finished as early as December 2016.

She plans to start her own business and training centre to pass on her teachings to her community; she wants to teach people valuable skills they can use in their day to day lives.

by Camilia Stonechild