SIAST appoints new director of Aboriginal strategy
- EFN Staff | April 23, 2014
The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) has named a new director of Aboriginal Strategy.
Jason Seright, who is currently a facilitator-consultant on First Nations Métis education with the Mamawohkamatowin partnership (a collaboration between Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Saskatoon Tribal Council and Central Urban Métis Federation Inc.), began his new role earlier this week.
Seright was appointed by SIAST provost and vice-president, Academic, Dr. Anne Neufeld, who says the appointment follows a "highly competitive search" by the firm, Caldwell Parnters.
"With almost 3,000 SIAST students declaring themselves as having Aboriginal ancestry, more than any other post-secondary institution in the province, this position will be integral in providing vision, strategy, leadership and direction in the implementation, continual improvement and completion of SIASTs Aboriginal initiatives and partnerships," says Neufeld.
In addition to his work as a partnership facilitator-consultant, Seright has held a variety of leadership positions, including principal of Maskwacis Outreach School; district principal, Central Okanagan School District; and principal, Ermineskin Elementary Junior School. Seright has a master's degree in education from the University of Calgary. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a bachelor of education, with minors in native studies and in Indian and northern education.
Seright says he is honoured and privileged to be selected for the position.
"I realize it is a big role and embrace the opportunity to contribute to the Aboriginal students' success who choose to attend SIAST. By achieving the Aboriginal initiatives it will support SIAST's own vision in valuing student success and advancing social and economic prosperity."