Everyone who works for Muskeg Lake has a story to tell. For some, what began as a job turned into a career, while for others, working at Muskeg Lake means an opportunity to earn a livelihood for a while and serve the community.
Some of our directors grew up here and went on to become leaders. Others came to us from other communities. Here are two of their stories.
Director of Education: Paul W. Ledoux
“I am Muskeg Lake Cree Nation band member. I graduated from Marcelin High School in 1984 and completed my Bachelor of Education through the Indian Teacher Education Program at the University of Saskatchewan in 1990. I taught for seven years before returning to school in 2000, this time at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT), to receive a diploma in Business Administration. I was Registrar at SIIT for the next 10 years. In January 2011, I began my Masters Degree in Educational Administration. I became Director of Education at Muskeg Lake in June 2011. I am grateful to my community for allowing me to serve in this capacity. I very much enjoy being involved in the educational experiences of all our students, and I am committed and devoted the education of my people.”
—Paul W. Ledoux
Reporting directly to the Muskeg Lake Director of Operations, the director is responsible for managing the daily operations and activities of the Band-operated school (kihiw waciston), the Post-secondary Department, Daycare and Headstart, and Sport Development, Recreation and Culture.
Principal of kihiw waciston School: Rick Selvig
“I grew up on a grain farm in southern Saskatchewan. We had many opportunities to work hard—raising cattle, cleaning barns, hauling grain, picking rocks and staying active. I enjoyed physical activity, and at school I played on every team. I played hockey, too. In high school, I met a physical education teacher who inspired me to teach, so I went to university to become a teacher. I received degrees in Physical Education and Education. After twenty years of teaching every grade from one to eight, physical education, and coaching all sports, I went back to university and got my Master’s degree in Education. I became a vice principal and continued to both teach and do administrative work. When I retired after 32 years of teaching, I was asked to become the principal at Whitecap First Nation Elementary School. I was there for one year, and I am now in my second year as the principal here at Muskeg Lake First Nation. This job is giving me an opportunity to fulfill a dream: when I worked on my Master’s degree, I realized that I wanted to work in a First Nation community and try to make a difference in people’s lives by enhancing the culture. This job gives me many opportunities to learn and grow along with the Muskeg Lake community.”
Reporting directly to the Director of Education, the Principal is responsible for managing the daily operations and activities of kihiw waciston, the Band-operated school.