Ms. Pearl Calahasen – MLA for Lesser Slave Lake

God, We pray for MLA Ms. Pearl Calahasen, that you will bless her and her
family. God of wisdom, help her to revere you, so that she will be wise. Thank
you for what she is doing for Lesser Slave Lake. Help Ms. Calahasen to do what
is right even when she stands alone. Give her the confidence she needs so she
will not be concerned about what others may think or say. Father God, may she
be aware of the needs of Albertans, from those of an average income to those
who are poor and needy. In Jesus name, Amen (Grade 6 Student)

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 Stewardship.

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 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 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

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

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.