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MLA Pearl Calahasen Lesser Slave Lake

Lord, we thank you for MLA Pearl Calahasen. We pray that you will give her
strength to carry out her duties and may she be encouraged that what she is
doing is making a difference. Give her the discernment that she needs and guide
her each day. May she experience your rest and peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Pearl Calahasen was elected
to her seventh term as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Lesser Slave
Lake on April 23, 2012.She was appointed to the Standing Committee on Public
Accounts and the Special Standing Committee on Members´ Services on May 24,
2012. She was appointed to the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship on
May 28, 2012.

Ms. Calahasen previously
served as a member of the following Standing Committees of the Legislative

  • Private Bills

  • Privileges and Elections, Standing
    Orders and Printing

  • Community Development

  • Public Accounts

Since she was first elected
to the Alberta Legislature in 1989, Ms. Calahasen served as Minister of
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, minister without portfolio
responsible for children’s services, Associate Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
and as a member of the Standing Committee on Resources and Environment.

Pearl Calahasen was born
and raised in Grouard, Alberta. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from
the University of Alberta and a master’s degree from the University of Oregon.
She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of

Her professional experience
includes teaching Grades 1-12, serving as a continuing education co-ordinator
at Alberta Vocational College in Lesser Slave Lake (now Northern Lakes College)
and working as a private consultant developing and evaluating educational

Ms. Calahasen has been a
champion of Native education programs. She led the development of the first
Native language program introduced in Alberta schools and was responsible for
developing the Cree language program for adult students. As a consultant with
Alberta Education Ms. Calahasen was the principal advisor for the development
of the Native education policy, curriculum materials and language development
and programming.

Actively involved in
community affairs, Ms. Calahasen has served as a member of the Native economic
development program, as an Alberta human rights commissioner and as a volunteer
tutor for illiterate adults. She has canvassed for the Heart Fund and Cancer
Society and has been actively involved in community sports as a player, coach
and administrator. Ms. Calahasen was one of the founding members of the
University of Alberta Native Students’ Association.

Ms. Calahasen has been
recognized by the Aboriginal community as a role model and has received many
awards. Some of these include:

  • Esquao Circle of Honour

  • Honorary membership in the Kapawe’no
    First Nation

  • Honorary Chief of Tallcree First Nation

  • Induction into the Blackfoot Women’s

  • The National Aboriginal Achievement
    Award for Public Service

  • Aboriginal Role Model Award

In addition to these
honours and awards, the board of governors representing universities and
colleges in Alberta granted Ms. Calahasen the Distinguished Achievement Award
Celebrating Success.

June 5, 2012