Student Stories: Meet Corly Schmeisser

Corly Schmeisser, Year 1

1st Year NITEP Cariboo field centre
Nation: Secwepemc Nation
Home: Quesnel, B.C.

Please introduce yourself.

Hello! My name is Corly Schmeisser. I am from the Secwepemc Nation and also have German descent. I was born and raised in Quesnel, B.C. I graduated from the College of New Caledonia in Prince George with a Medical Laboratory Technology Science Diploma in 2016. I currently work in the lab at the Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake, B.C. My spouse and I bought our first home in Quesnel almost 2 years ago and we are loving it! I am almost done my first year of the NITEP program in the Cariboo region.

Why do you value Indigenous education?

I value Indigenous education because it is a way to protect, preserve and develop traditional Indigenous skills and cultures. I believe that the growing recognition and use of Indigenous education methods can be a response to the loss of Indigenous knowledge. Indigenous communities are able to reclaim and revalue their languages and traditions, and in so doing, improve the educational success of Indigenous students.

What are your future goals once you complete the NITEP program? 

I wish to gain full time employment within School District #28 in Quesnel, B.C once completed the NITEP program. My goals are to implement Indigenous education into the curriculum. I can’t wait to provide support and knowledge to my students as an Indigenous teacher!