Education Centre

Mission Statement
The mission of Southeast Collegiate is to provide sound academic standards and other educational opportunities for Aboriginal high school students. Southeast Collegiate shall endeavour to provide a safe and affirmative learning environment in which staff will demonstrate their commitment through mutual respect and shared decision-making. We value each of our students as an individual and believe that their involvement in our academic, arts, athletic and activity programs can be the key to a successful high school experience. We shall strive to provide a holistic balance of quality education that includes traditional, cultural and academic teachings.
Our school will provide a warm and inviting atmosphere for all community members and accommodate students with diverse learning living styles and needs. Our students shall develop respect for intercultural differences, have a sense of purpose in their lives and leave as life long learners who will be knowledgeable and responsible citizens of their communities and society.
Southeast Collegiate 2005-06 
Welcome! Aniin! Tansi! Greetings 
Our 2005-2006 school year has been off to a good start. We started the school year with approximately 150 students, our highest enrolment to date. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of Southeast Collegiate (Southeast College). We are making every effort to make it a memorable one. We will continue to pursue the “Vision” of the SERDC Chiefs and other individuals who established SEC in 1995-96. We will continue striving for student success, intellectual growth and higher education.  The founders envisioned a place where First Nation Youth could attain a good education in a setting that is culturally appropriate and sensitive to their needs.
The need for “tribal-control” and “tribal self-determination” was an important premise of this educational philosophy. Shaping and guiding our children in hopes that they further their education in post-secondary institutions is a tremendous responsibility and one that is truly rewarding and enjoyable.  Technically we can be referred to as a “modern day” residential school. However, we are truly much more than that. Considering the sad history and legacy of the government/church run residential schools of the past we have certainly come a long way. We are like residential schools in reverse. Our culture is celebrated daily at SEC and our languages are important components of our curriculum.
We provide a disciplined learning environment following a curriculum that meets the requirements of the Manitoba Department of Education. Many of our students go on to post-secondary institutions thanks in part to our teaching staff’s dedication and commitment to standards of excellence. Our proven track record will continue into the future.The SEC Board of Directors, SERDC Management and Staff offer you our support and encouragement in your efforts to advance yourselves through higher education. We hope you will consider SEC as your school of choice.  
History of SEC 

The Southeast Tribal Council, incorporated as Southeast Resource Development Corporation Council- SERDC, established Southeast College as a private school (Zone 12) in 1995-96. The Tribal Council is comprised of the following communities: 

“40 Acres of Country in the City”  

Many of the SERDC communities lacked high schools and from this need arose the vision of having high school education centralized in one facility. The purchase of what was once known as the Nazarene College seemed like the ideal opportunity. Situated within the city of Winnipeg and nestled on approximately 40 acres it has proved to be a wise decision. Prior to the establishment of SEC there were not many options of “culturally appropriate” schools in the province that suited the needs of the SERDC communities.

In a broader sense, the purchase of the college was an assertion that SERDC was in control of education and control of its destiny. A majority, if not all, of our students are from Cree, Oji-Cree and Ojibwe speaking communities. We teach tolerance, respect and understanding for the diversity that exists at SEC. Indeed, we are a unique and one of a kind facility in Manitoba.  
We have grown steadily since 1995-96 in all aspects of our operations. Student attendance and retention was low at approximately 62% in the first 3 years. Academic credit achievement was very low (about 35%) as was the provincial exam success rate. Remarkably, there has been a tremendous improvement during the last several years in all areas. Attendance has averaged around the 85-90% mark and student achievement has risen to an average of a 90% level with students successfully completing 9 of 10 courses per year. We have seen our graduation numbers continue to grow, and this year we expect 30+ students to graduate- our largest graduating class ever!  Interest in SEC has grown steadily as evident by the high number of students we have to turn away. Size and capacity, from an operational standpoint, is a limiting factor in meeting the high demand. Facility evaluations and assessments have indicated that the optimal number would be approximately 175-200 students. Expansion of both the school and lodge would be required.  
We have Off-Campus programs at SEC on a regular basis. The University of Manitoba Continuing Education’s Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work program are two programs held at SEC. Many of the participants in these programs are primarily from SERDC communities. In prior years we offered Alternate/Adult Education Classrooms for SERDC communities such as Black River and Bloodvein as well as Valley River. Sport groups like The Winnipeg Jui Jit Su Club rents space below the lodge as well the Focus-9 Junior Soccer Club. We are always open to welcoming these positive initiatives and educational endeavors. We would like to expand this by forging new partnerships with the public and private sectors.  
Since our inception, we have been steadily growing in terms of facilities, academic programs and services that respond to the immediate and long-term needs of SERDC communities. SEC stands ready to meet the educational challenges of the 21st century. We will continue to assume a vital role in shaping and developing our First Nation resources, land and people.  
We are a high school- Senior I to Senior IV (Grade 9-12) and adhere to an educational philosophy that combines academic excellence with a strong emphasis on First Nation culture. Our goal is to nurture the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being of our students. Our curriculum follows Manitoba Education guidelines and we develop cultural awareness and understanding by using First Nations content, novels, textual materials and speakers wherever possible to enhance our programming.
During the past few years we have been seeing students consistently performing within the average range on Provincial Exams.  We offer the Manitoba High School Curriculum throughout our S1 to S4 levels with some special programming developed on-site to expand our student options. As many of our students require a Vocational component, we offer two Vocational streams: Food Services and Business Education/Computer Technology.  
Food Services and Nutrition  
“Where Class Meets Taste”  
Students enrolled in this course have a unique opportunity to participate in meal preparation for the entire school. Students and SEC staff enjoy a daily variety of meals and dining options. This hands-on course gives students a basic understanding of food preparation, nutrition and health, safety issues and menu planning. The new skills and knowledge acquired provides a basic skill that will be used throughout the rest of their lives and provides them one step forward in what can become a rewarding and fulfilling career.  We also offer dining and meal options for groups large or small, formal or casual. From full buffet-style meals to casual light lunches, we can prepare it to suit your needs.With the aid of a full-time Kitchen Staff we specialize in:
 §       Buffet Style
§        Plate Service
§        Family Style
§        Coffee and Refreshments 
We cater to major dinners and gatherings. We have extended our catering options this year as we often serve groups of 20 to 50, and we have provided regular service to groups at Yellowquill College and 260 Broadway. We also have catered at larger meals, such as our SEC Christmas Dinner. This allows our students to develop their social and hospitality skills. At SEC good food is a source of our pride, and we will continue to provide students with a well balanced diet and healthy options. 
Business Education Program  
Our program starts in S1 /S2 with Keyboarding and Computer Applications and expands in S3 and S4 to include a variety of programs. We have two computer labs and high speed Internet and local network access in every classroom as well. 
Computer Applications  
“Building the Skills of Tomorrow” 
 Whether you are a professional or a student there are many challenges you are faced with in today’s technological world. In this course, students learn a variety of computer applications such as transforming an ordinary document into a professional document or learning how to safely surf and navigate the Net or World Wide Web. While building computer skills, students are also exposed to critical thinking through hands-on tasks. These skills of tomorrow will enable our students to keep up with the fast-paced and ever-changing world.  
“Bookkeeping Skills that Allow Immediate Employability.” 
Students learn bookkeeping skills that will aid in personal and/or business life. These skills allow for instant employability. 
Seminars in Business 
“Instilling and Developing Entrepreneur Skills” 
Students are exposed to a variety of basic business fundamental skills and principles. For example, starting a small business, this process is examined in detail, as well as the management and financing components of starting a small business. We recognize the need to expose our students to skills that will one day be of practical use and hopefully one day allow students to enhance development in their communities.  

Photo Journalism  

“A Picture Tells a Thousand Words” 

Students are given a chance to express themselves and their creativity through various mediums such as digital cameras, writing, and public speaking assignments. They get hands-on experience in photography, video, visual journalism and communication. The “learn by doing” philosophy has proven to provide the best results. Students capture the daily life and events of SEC and showcase this in our monthly Newsletter. A picture does tell a thousand words with the help of our imaginative students behind the lens.  


“Expressing the Inner Self Through Art”  

Throughout SEC one can observe the artistic talent and creativity of our students. Culturally inspired arts and crafts are the focal point of our art program. Whether it is sewing a traditional dress for dancing, sewing creative star-blanket designs and patterns or painting murals, these programs allow our students to maintain and promote our culture with a sense of pride. We believe the arts program is an ideal way to ensure some traditional skills remain intact. It is unfortunate that cost sometimes becomes the limiting and deciding factor in what programs we can offer. Certain projects are no longer available due to cost of materials and supplies, etc. However, we will continue to teach and offer the basics of fine art.  

Clothing, Housing & Design (Sewing)  

“Developing Personal and Cultural Skills”  

Our students are able to learn sewing skills, which will stay with them forever, as well as have an opportunity to design their own clothing items. Star Blanket making is an integral part of this program, and every student learns to and makes a Star Blanket of his or her own.  


“The Heart and Soul of any Culture is Language” 

The predominant language spoken in the SERDC communities is Ojibwe or Saulteaux. Therefore, Ojibwe has been the main language of instruction at SEC. It is part of the larger linguistic group known as Algonquian. The Cree language is also a part of this group. Students do get to learn the basics of both languages as well as some Oji-Cree, a unique blend of the two languages spoken mainly in our partnering communities of St. Therese Point and Garden Hill. We try to accommodate all students as much as we can, however, having one instructor does have its limitations and challenges. There is a specific Ojibwe language course, and the 2006 fall term will see the introduction of a Cree language course.  

Native Wellness  
“Being Alive Well” 
In the Cree and Ojibwe languages there is no word for “health”. The closest English translation to words we do have would be “being alive well”. This can be described as being healthy and in balance with all human relationships and the Creator from a First Nation perspective. At SEC we see cultural identity as a key to this philosophy. We encourage participation of the Sweat Lodge ceremonies that are set up directly behind SEC. We have a girl’s drum group-Anishinabe Truth who sings at many social events within the city. This winter we will be taking field trips to a trapline where students will learn and see firsthand the techniques of trapping while enjoying some bannock and tea around a campfire. We respect the choice of those who may choose to express their spiritualism in other ways. Forcing spiritualism, religion or culture on students is not our approach.  
Academic Summary 
These courses provide a snapshot of what we have to offer. We feel it enables our students to not just have a variety, but it provides them with a useful, practical and contemporary educational background that will prepare them for post-secondary requirements. We always encourage and integrate First Nation values such as respect, bravery, courage and humility in our instruction. We consider it as equal in priority to the western academic model and approach.  

Qualities of Southeast Collegiate  

“What Makes Southeast Collegiate Unique”  

Southeast Collegiate has some unique facets which enable greater learning experiences and encourage students to develop to their fullest potential. 

       We have smaller student/teacher ratios than public school systems, as we endeavour to provide more teacher time and better student learning experiences. Our student/teacher ratio is between 1:12 and 1:15 as compared to much higher ratios elsewhere.

       School size is important to many. We have a smaller school size and many students are very comfortable with the size compared too much larger schools where they may be just a number. Everyone gets to know everyone else here and it becomes like a large family. (This is very important to young people who are long distances from their own families.)

       All of our students are First Nation and this provides a comfort zone for our students and a complete lack of any of the stresses many students often deal with through prejudice.

       Culturally based curricula and activities allow students an opportunity to learn more about or honour their culture.       We encourage a healthy respect for other’s right to practice, as they believe. Our teachings offer the opportunity to learn traditional ways yet allow students to choose their way. We teach that there needs to be a healthy respect for all to follow their beliefs, and that we should all walk hand in hand regardless of our individual or personal beliefs.

       Students are given the opportunity to attend many different cultural events and other activities throughout Winnipeg. Our students have performed elsewhere and annually we have large numbers of students attend the Elders Gathering at the University of Manitoba. We attend the Blueprint for the Future career symposium each time it is in Winnipeg, and we also attend other career symposiums, as well.

       We host our own Cultural Learning Day in conjunction with our Annual Pow Wow.

The lodge, also known as the residence, is divided into two sections or living quarters. The male side has a south and west wing with a total of 24 rooms and the female side has a north and west wing with a total of 28 rooms for a combined total of 52 rooms. Each room has two bunks and some basic furniture (desk, closet and dresser). There are 4 deluxe rooms that have a personal/private washroom with sink and toilet. Typically, we try to reserve these rooms for grade 12 students who exemplify role model qualities like being responsible, respectful and maintaining good grades in school. Both the female and male wings have two main washrooms and showering facilities for all students. Both the male and female quarters have a leisure and entertainment room where they can relax and enjoy a movie or a quiet evening studying. We recently equipped these leisure rooms with new leather furniture and TV’s.  With this year’s high nominal roll (150) we are finding that our “comfort zone” is being put to the test. Realistically, and according to evaluations, we could accommodate 4 students per room and still maintain comfort while meeting the fire and safety standards and regulations.  
Our cafeteria is perhaps the most important area in the lodge. It is where students get to socialize and mingle with each other. It is where friendships and social skills are developed. The cafeteria provides ideal space for events such as guest speakers, assemblies, workshops and staff meetings. It is complimented with a serving area in which we have a variety of refreshments and snacks available for students, staff and visitors. Family and parents are encouraged to join students for meals and the ever poplar Saturday Brunch. We also have the little extras such as water coolers, vitamins and supplements, microwaves, piano, stereo, sound system and satellite TV available in the cafeteria area.  We make every effort to provide the best possible comfort for our students. However, the modest furniture and equipment we have does make it a challenge for us at times to provide a cozy “home” environment. We make up for this with friendly, caring and nurturing staff that can be considered “parents” as opposed to Supervisors.
We have 25 full-time and part-time female and male supervisors many of whom are First Nation and SERDC community members. The school has approximately 50% First Nation staff.  This past summer we did major upgrades and renovations throughout SEC. The building is approximately 40 years old and wear and tear is now becoming evident. We have a qualified and efficient Custodial and Maintenance staff (4) that work hard on a daily basis at keeping the facility safe and sound. Our grounds and facility are protected and secure with nightly patrols and surveillance by Security staff. We recently installed surveillance cameras in the lodge in appropriate areas. These cameras are monitored in the male and female offices.  In order to meet future demands and projections, we will require a major capital infusion and resources. With the combined efforts, political will and cooperation of all stakeholders, including the private and public sector, we can accomplish our goals.  
If one were to go back ten years ago they would not recognize the property or neighbourhood as it is today. Indeed there has been much residential and commercial development since 1995-96. Major projects are underway including, road improvements and sewer and water installations. This activity and development bodes well for SERDC plans and future initiatives.  SERDC is in the final planning stages of an 80 bed Personal Care Home Facility with future plans for an Indoor Arena and Housing/Rental complex. Southeast College stands as the beacon of pride for SERDC.  

Student Life  

When students come to SEC they soon find that the city is culturally a world apart from their remote communities (Reserves). The city can be a very intimidating environment with all the temptations of fun and excitement. Our duty is to ensure that the transition and adjustment is smooth. We provide many positive alternatives, recreation and extra curricular activities. We also do our utmost to instill the message that at SEC students do not have to abandon their culture in pursuit of education. Graduation day is the most rewarding time for all. Many of our former students visit SEC on a regular basis to reconnect with old friends and staff. We like to believe that they are lonesome for SEC in some respects. They are examples of success and role models for the other students.  


In addition to our Physical Education program in which we participate in volleyball, basketball and badminton, we also have full-time recreation personnel. Our recreation activities are daily and include swimming, movie nights, team and individual sports in the gymnasium, hockey, floor hockey, intramural league, theatre, drama and a variety of other social outings and events. We have a fully equipped weight room with commercial equipment. One each side of the lodge, we have pool tables, televisions, and VCR’s. We also have a large screen projection machine for showing movies in the cafeteria.  

Special Events  
Throughout the last ten years we have hosted and participated in many events of significance for our people and SEC. We hosted the “Pep Rally” for the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) for Team Manitoba in 2002. Special guests at this event included Manitoba Premier Gary Doer and Winnipeg Mayor Glenn Murray. The 2002 NAIG Games were the most successful to date in terms of attendance (2,700 athletes). The overall winner of medals was Team Manitoba thanks in part to the pep-rally.  We are participating in a Jewish/First Nation Cultural exchange with Gray Jewish Academy of Winnipeg. Both our students and staff will participate in workshops and cross cultural awareness events hosted by both SEC and Gray Academy. This is to create awareness, understanding, tolerance and respect between the Jewish and First Nation communities. We encourage and offer the students the opportunity to participate in many programs that develop their skills and learning by participating in various travel programs. 
1) Student Exchange sponsored by Society for Education Visits and Exchanges in Canada (SEVEC)-- 20 students will travel to Tyiendinaga, a Mohawk Reserve near Kingston Ontario. Tyiendinaga is home to an airline pilot training program, and many of our students have shown an interest in this area. As part of this exchange, our students will also host a group from Yellowknife. Only three schools in Canada were chosen to take part in this exchange. SEVEC is a leader in the field of student exchanges and educational travel in Canada. Founded in 1936, the organization is dedicated to increasing young Canadians’ knowledge of Canada and its people through the firsthand experience of an exchange or educational travel.  
2) Three students and two staff members participated in an International Tour of China-­The tour included the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Peking Opera to name a few stops on the tour. This was a unique and once in a lifetime educational trip the students and staff will always remember.  
3) Students and staff will be going to McGill University in Montreal as part of theE-spirit programThis is a national business competition, which runs each year, and wesupport students who want to become involved. Our students have previously been toMontreal, Halifax and Prince George, B.C., for this competition.  We are also establishing an ongoing travel club where students raise money to travel.  
Special Guests 
Throughout our years, we have had the honour of hosting some very special guests and students at SEC including:
Trisha Murdock,  Graduate of SEC 2004. Recipient of the 2004 Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award, Academics Category 
Michael Nepinak,  Sports Recipient, 2002 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards 
Alan Rock, Federal Health Minister 
Ovide Mercredi, Former National Chief 
Gino Odjig, Former NHL Player 
Phil Fontaine, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief
Ian Ross, Author 
Gordon Sinclair, Journalist (Winnipeg Free Press) 
Bill Erasmus, AFN Vice-Chief of Yukon Territory  
Code of Conduct
We promote our traditional values in all aspects including our rules and responsibilities. Students are expected to behave as mature individuals and to conduct themselves in a manner that is a credit to themselves, the college and their respective communities. We place a great emphasis on discipline which we feel will assist students in their educational endeavours and improve their life at SEC. 
Students have the right to: 
       SERDC tribally controlled education
       Academic freedom
       Religion and Culture
       Speech and assembly
       Responsive care
       Due process 
Students have responsibility to: 
       Respect fellow students and staff
       Attend class and maintain good grades
       Attend Study Hall when necessary
       Complete assignments
       Adhere to all school and lodge rules  
Disciplinary Sanction  
The following violations will result in disciplinary action:
       Assaulting, threatening, harassing or endangering the health and safety of others
       Absent without permission and breach of curfew
       Unwelcome sexual conduct
       Plagiarism, cheating or other dishonesties  Disciplinary process includes a written reprimand usually identified in the Supervisor Incident Reports, probation/grounding, work duty, referral to community education counsellor and/or parent, and dismissal if deemed necessary. 
We provide transportation for our students through various modes such as train, bus, plane or our own vehicles (vans, truck). We transport students to medical appointments, dentists, specialists, recreational activities, and to and from their respective communities on occasions such as funerals, holidays and the beginning and end of the school year.  
Counselling Services  
We have two clinical psychologists on staff half-time who provide ongoing support and guidance for our students. This support is an essential component if we are to have any success. Many of our students have personal turmoil and inner conflicts with which they must deal. We feel that students should not have to worry about problems outside their control, so we try focus them on the “now” which is to finish their education. We understand the challenges they face, and we support them with all the resources to which we have access.  
Administrative Information  
Southeast Collegiate (Southeast College) is run by a system established in 1995-96 when it was purchased by SERDC. The ownership group has an administrative arm, SERDC Administration, and there is a Southeast College Board of Directors with representatives from each community. Each individual Chief and Council decides who makes up his or her SEC Board. Some Board members are band councillors, some are employees and others are appointed representatives. Each of the nine Southeast communities has a say in the administration and policies of Southeast Collegiate through its representative.  
Board of Directors 
Chairperson, Oral Johnston , Black River First Nation  
Vice Chairperson, Wendell Sinclair, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation
Board Member, George Green,   Berens River First Nation
Board Member, Roy Moskataywenene, Bloodvein First Nation
Board Member, Chasity Thunder, Buffalo Point First Nation
Board Member, Morris Moneas. Hollow Water First Nation
Board Member, Edward Bushie, Little Grand Rapids First Nation
Board Member, Louis Crowe, Pauingassi First Nation
Board Member, Ed Hudson, Poplar River First Nation  
Board meetings are held about four times a year and committees meet on occasion for hiring or personnel matters. Day-to-day administration is in the hands of the Administration, which is comprised of the Director/Principal, Lodge Manager, Finance Administrator and the Vice-Principal. 
The Director/Principal is in regular contact with the Chairperson and the SERDC Director of Operations who effectively are the direct links to Administrative protocol.
 The Director/Principal also attends SERDC Senior Management meetings and is a part of the SERDC Senior Management team.  
Southeast Collegiate Information Booklet 1301 Lee Blvd. Winnipeg, MB   R3T 5W8 Tel:  (204) 261-3551
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