Kathleen Makela

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Kathleen Makela
Acting Program Manager, Program of Legal Studies for Native People (PLSNP)

Room Number: 160.18 Law
Phone Number: 306-966-6192
Email Address: Kathleen.Makela@usask.ca

Kathleen holds a BA (Hon/Dist) and an LLB. Her mother was born in Fort Resolution and is a descendent of Old Man Beaulieu of the Dene Nation; her father was born in southern Saskatchewan and his parents came from northern Finland. Prior to her return to the Native Law Centre, Kathleen worked with the FSIN as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of the Chief after managing the University of Saskatchewan's Aboriginal Students’ Centre (ASC) for 14 years wherein she was responsible for key cultural celebrations and the development and delivery of Aboriginal student retention programming on campus. While with the ASC, Kathleen transformed the U of S Welcome Week Powwow into a graduation celebration which honored not only U of S Aboriginal graduates but also recognized the achievements of Aboriginal high school students from across the Saskatchewan. Kathleen has taught within the Department of Native Studies as a sessional lecturer and the College of Law’s Academic Success Program. She is currently a Commissioner with Legal Aid Saskatchewan and Chair of the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Courtworker Program Advisory Board.