Candace Longjohn-Constant is from Sturgeon Lake First Nation, SK and has just recently joined the Languages Teaching Corps. Candace has taught Cree to high school students in Prince Albert for the past 19 years and holds a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, and Certificate in Indigenous Languages from USask, with teaching areas of Cree, Native Studies, and English and, is currently working on a Masters of Indigenous Languages. Her students enjoy the learning environment she so aptly creates where she shares her demonstrated knowledge of First Nations Culture, Values, Concepts and Governance. Also an avid artist, Candace enjoys beading, sewing, and hide-tanning.
Candace on teaching: I think that it is really important for the my students that they see a confident teacher so that they can gain confidence in themselves. Having hands-on-practice in a language teaching setting, allows students to better understand our spirituality, our values and beliefs as Cree people. Understanding and using the language allows people to access our every part of our culture. I think people need to know our belief system to be able to understand why language is so important to us.