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CEHD Celebrates: Steve Fiddler Fraser


Kudos to UND doctoral student Steve Fiddler Fraser (Metis Nation of Saskatchewanhewan #0172) for being awarded a $4,000 scholarship through Indspire‘s Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards program! The scholarship, made possible through the support of Rob and Shirley Metka Bursary, is designated for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada to assist them in completing their post-secondary education, according to their website.

Mr. Fraser, a resident of Saskatchewan, already holds degrees from McGill University, the University of Saskatchewan, and the First Nation University (formerly SIFC), but will begin work on his 10th(!) degree here at UND in the fall. He has dedicated over 30+ years of academic studies and research to seeking how to improve lives from a political and educational perspective. He is thankful to Dr. Deborah Worley and Dr. Renuka de Silva who are supervising his progress in the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in CEHD.

Fraser’s story has evolved significantly over the years, from being a high school dropout living on the streets of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to becoming a legal advocate with cases throughout the Supreme Court of Canada (S.C.C)   He has focused on the topic of Indigenous graves and the impact events like the discovery of the Indigenous Residential School graves site has on the Indigenous community and the community as a whole. He is currently nominated for a Saskatchewan Order of Merit (SOM) for his 30-plus years in academic and student rights.

Fraser stated, “I continue to advance my knowledge so that I can improve on the lives of Indigenous people and their communities, as I move forward with my post-graduate studies on Indigenous curriculum, and the awareness of Indigenous Residential Schools (IRS) and the trauma that continues to become an issue in Canada and how now the USA [sic] to address the impact is having on Indigenous communities.”

Said Fraser, “UND’s distance Educational degree program is outstanding with amazing faculty to support you throughout your studies; I highly recommend studying at UND as it truly is a globally top-ranked university.”


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