Lily McKay Carriere knew a northern-based teacher education program was right for her community the moment she saw an applicant applying for scholarships while breastfeeding a newborn.
As coordinator for a new Bachelor of Education program being delivered out of Charlebois Community School in Cumberland House, McKay Carriere is helping provide accessible learning opportunities for northern Saskatchewan residents. Delivering the Cree Teacher Education Program (CTEP) in the remote community — approximately 300 kilometres northeast of Prince Albert — means students don’t have to uproot their lives.
“There was another mother who brought her daughter to the school with her. I asked, ‘Well, what is your mom going to be?’ and she really proudly said, ‘She’s going to be a teacher.’”