TC Scholarship Recipient — Sonja — Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Alberta

TC Scholarship Recipient — Sonja — Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Alberta


I’m originally from Fort Chipewyan, Alberta. That is located in Northeastern Alberta. And, I was raised in an isolated community by my Mother, and she was a single mom for many years, so she raised myself and my brother and sister. And she was the most hard-working woman I’ve ever seen. But, growing up in our small community I was raised by numerous aunts, uncles and family members that would look after us. And it’s true what they say, that it’s a community that does raise a child, because that’s exactly how we were raised. For me, personally, when it came to education it was . . . a no brainer . . . I basically looked at it from the perspective that, I have a child now. And it was up to me to move forward in order to support her, but, and also to make sure that she had a future. I’ve always had issues in school. I’ve always had challenges, and . . . at
that time I didn’t understand why I was having such difficulties in school and stuff like this, and you just couldn’t absorb it. And then, that is why I quit school. And then now, being a mom, I had no choice, but to face my fears and to go back. At first, it was embarrassing — because you don’t want to be dyslexic. You didn’t even . . . you did’t even want to say the word, it was taboo. And now it’s, it’s more of a . . . an awakening, like you know what? I just learn different. That’s it, there’s nothing wrong with
learning different. Now, from starting off with my high school diploma, back like, 22 years ago, to now graduating with my MBA — in a couple months, it’s
just — I just still sometimes think, like, did I really do all this?

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