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Ms. Pearl Calahasen – MLA for Lesser Slave Lake

God our Father, we pray for Your
blessings to rest upon Ms. Pearl Calahasen as she represents the fine people of
her constituency of Lesser Slave Lake. 
May You continue to enable her to serve with wisdom and integrity.  Grant her strength as she travels through her
riding and give her words of encouragement for those who are still rebuilding
in their community.  Fill her with Your
grace in every area of life.  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 currently
serves as Legislative Secretary, First Nations Education and Jobs, Skills,
Training and Labour (Reporting to the Premier and the Minister of Jobs, Skills,
Training and Labour). Ms. Calahasen also serves as a member of the Treasury
Board and as a member of the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections,
Standing Orders and Printing, as well as the Standing Committee on Resource

Ms. Calahasen previously served as a member of the following committees:
  • Special
    Standing Committee on Members’ Services
  • Standing
    Committee on Private Bills
  • Standing
    Committee on Community Development
  • Standing
    Committee on 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

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 Education.

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 materials.

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 Society
  • 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.