Sherry Saevil Recognized as Noteworthy Woman for her Work in Indigenous Education
 
Halton Catholic District School Board’s (HCDSB) Indigenous Education Advisor, Sherry Saevil, has been recognized as one of 100 women honoured by the Canadian Federation of University Women Milton (CFUW) in the ‘100 Years/100 Women Exhibit’.

CFUW Milton​ created a unique exhibit in honour of the 100th anniversary of the founding of their national organization. To celebrate the milestone, they partnered with the Fine Arts Society of Milton (FASM) to create a unique art installation called ‘100 Years/100 Women’.

The art installation acknowledged and celebrated local women who have attained a significant achievement and made a difference in their community over the last 100 years. Sherry Saevil was highlighted as one of the trailblazing women in the installation at the FirstOntario Arts Centre in Milton from November 19th to December 20th, 2019.

Sherry is a Cree woman from Treaty 6 with a degree in Native Studies and Criminology from the University of Saskatchewan. She developed her passion for Indigenous issues through personal experience, with her mother, aunts and uncles being survivors of the Residential School System. Sherry herself was also a part of the ‘Sixties Scoop’. 

She worked for several Indigenous organizations, starting her career with the Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Centre in Manitoba, where she was the lead researcher in archival research. After this, she went on to spend five years at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory as Assistant Director, focusing on land claims research in preparation for submissions to the federal government.

Sherry now works with HCDSB, advocating for Indigenous issues and spreading awareness about key subjects including Residential Schools, Treaties, and social issues facing Indigenous people.

She continues to support a variety of educational initiatives at HCDSB by providing professional development to all staff, and encouraging teachers to embed Indigenous ways of knowing into the curriculum.

At the Regular Board Meeting on January 21, Sherry was acknowledged for her work and given blessings from Grandmother Renee, a well-known elder in the HCDSB and Halton Learning Lodge community.

Congratulations, Sherry, for receiving this amazing recognition, and thank you for all of the work you do with our staff, within our schools, and in our HCDSB community!


 

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