Jeremy, of Cree/French/Irish ancestry, is a proud member of the Sweetgrass First Nation located in Treaty 6 Territory. He currently works as an Advisor with the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education team where he supports staff and students.
Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta and has spent time teaching and working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from across Alberta. Jeremy is a Cree language learner and this has played a large role in his own process of reconciliation and decolonization.
“The work we do is all about the young people,” said Albert. “We want to prepare the next generation for the challenges they might face in the future, we want them to be able to take the teachings we share and use them to make the world a better place for everyone.”
His goal is to ensure that young, Indigenous students are able to see themselves reflected in the school system, and that non-Indigenous students can gain a more complete perspective of the stories, cultures and histories that make up the other half of the shared treaty relationship.
“I’m a Cree language learner myself, and I think it’s important to incorporate each territory’s traditional language into our teachings," Albert explained. "While I’m not from the Elk Island region, I want to work to connect schools with local knowledge-holders, to learn more about our interactions with this land and its animals, plants and medicines.”