For the Youth

Celebrating over 10-years

Sekweha means “for the youth” in Dene. We are a community-led initiative that exists to encourage and empower our youth through positive programming and activities. Sekweha’s vision is for a healthy, safe and sustainable community that helps children and young people gain the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to be successful and to make a positive contribution to their community.

Our mission is to provide programs and activities that make growing up in Janvier a positive experience. The Experiential Learning Initiative is one of our highlight programs, focusing on the concept of “walking in two worlds” through the integration of culture and curriculum. We work in our schools to run monthly programming including land-based experiences, such as trapping and skinning, medicine walks and duck plucking, while weaving Alberta learner outcomes into lesson plans.

Sekweha is open daily, providing healthy meals, a safe space, programming and activities for youth ages 8 to 17. Guided by a volunteer board of directors, the Sekweha Youth Team works diligently to provide a fun, family-oriented space.

Our team

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Jessica Read

Youth Centre Manager

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Emily Laprise

Youth Team

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Keisha Lemaigre

Youth Team

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Amber Lemaigre

Youth Team

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Karley Emerson

Youth Team

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Haley Herman

Youth Team

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Titianna Herman

Youth Team

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Kaitlyn Haineault

Youth Team

Board of Directors

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Dustin Nokohoo

President

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Sherri Herman

Vice President

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Candace Black

Treasurer, Secretary

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Agnes Duke

Board Member

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Alice Fontaine

Board Member

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Amanda Main

Board Member

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Keith Black

Board Member

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Kerri Ceretzke, BEd

Executive Director

2021 Annual Report

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Legacy

January

2010

Certificate of Incorporation for Janvier Sekweha Youth Center

September

2011

Sekweha implements Cultural Sacred Teachings project with approval of Alberta Education

December

2011

Sekweha doors officially open

October

2012

Community begins build on Sekweha playground

April

2019

Sekweha enters 3-year Contribution Agreement with Suncor

January

2020

Sekweha celebrates 10 years

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Learn more about our community, culture and traditions.

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