Hometown: Saskatoon, SK
Position: Indigenous student advisor
Brian has worked at Sask Polytech for over 30 years. In his current role as an Indigenous student advisor, he offers supports to students throughout their journey at Sask Polytech. Interacting with students is one of the best parts of his job says Brian, “they provide me with energy on a day-to-day basis.”
He notes that many Indigenous students that he works with are the first generation to attend post-secondary institutions. Being the first in a family or community is a monumental undertaking with many challenges. With the whole community and family watching they are beginning a journey on their own. “Students are my superheroes. As they face these new challenges, they develop new skills and strengths and in turn become role models for others.”
Some of Brian’s favourite memories at Sask Polytech are the graduations. “Seeing students complete their studies and carry on their journey is a powerful experience,” he says.
As a proud Métis man, he is encouraged by the increase in Indigenous students pursuing post-secondary education. He recalls, “in November 1989, when I started at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, then SIAST, there were 12 self-identified Indigenous students at the Saskatoon campus.
Currently we have close to 900 at our campus.” Brian’s advice to students? “Set a goal and dream your dream. There will always be challenges but there are always solutions. There are many great souls ready to help you to your goal.”