Chief Tammy Cook-Searson named honorary degree recipient at Sask Polytech, Prince Albert campus convocation

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Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Recognizing a remarkable individual for their distinguished achievements is a longstanding convocation tradition—and one Saskatchewan Polytechnic takes great pride in each year. Honorary degree recipients often model the institution’s vision and values, and Sask Polytech notes that the contributions made by the members of this influential group help cultivate an educational environment focused on applied learning and innovative research to empower a better Saskatchewan and inspire success in every learning journey.

The recipient of the Sask Polytech, Prince Albert campus honorary degree in Applied Studies is Chief Tammy Cook-Searson of Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB).

Elected as an LLRIB councillor at age 25, Cook-Searson served three terms before being elected as the band’s first female Chief in 2005. She is currently serving her seventh consecutive term. As a part of her role as Chief, Cook-Searson is president of Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership which manages the band’s economic development activities.

Chief Cook-Searson was instrumental in helping lobby for funding to build a wellness, treatment and recovery centre in La Ronge. The centre provides northerners with access to mental health and addiction support services, blending treatment with traditional Woodland Cree teachings.

Having grown up on her family trapline near Brabant Lake in northern Saskatchewan, Chief Cook-Searson is exceptionally proud of her First Nations heritage. She is an advocate of culture and language and maintaining strong ties to the land.

Chief Cook-Searson serves on the boards of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, Cameco Corporation, Saskatoon Airport Authority and the Assembly of First Nations. She is also an active member of the Prince Albert Grand Council and Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations. As a Canadian Ranger with the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, she assists with search and rescue operations in the region.

In recognition of her leadership in developing solutions for social challenges, advocacy for Indigenous issues and community service, Chief Cook-Searson has been recognized with several accolades including the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business – Woman in Leadership Award, the Canadian Armed Forces Special Service Medal and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Chief Cook-Searson has a graduate diploma in management and is currently working towards her master of business administration degree.

“We are proud to recognize Chief Cook-Searson’s exceptional accomplishments and extend our heartfelt congratulations on this well-deserved honour,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech president and CEO. “Chief Tammy’s commitment to championing economic prosperity and steadfast advocacy on Indigenous issues is inspiring. Her leadership has had a tremendous impact and continues to shape her community and our province.”

Congratulations on your honorary degree Chief Cook-Searson!