The EleV Navigators, Iksisstowaapi Kanakkaatsi
EleV has forged connections with Blackfoot political leadership and the team has built strong relationships within the Kainai Nation, Piikani Nation and Siksika Nation to provide education and employment support for prospective and current students.
Our Navigators were honoured with a Blackfoot name by Elder Francis First Charger to set their paths forward in a good way when they are in the community. The name, Iksisstowaapi Kanakkaatsi (Going All Out Society) [ig-sis-tow-ah-ph gah-na-gaat-see], encompasses the enthusiasm the Navigators have and reflects how they work together as a family to support their mission and goals in their respective communities.
The EleV Navigator Team enhances opportunities for authentic relationship-building. The Navigators provide in-community support services and communication to guide Blackfoot learners along their education and career pathways.
Grounded in Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Learning (IWKL), our Navigators act as community liaisons, advisors and co-creators helping Blackfoot youth and students find success.
Working in Kainai, Piikani and Siksika, our education navigators strive to improve Indigenous student academic success, while our employment navigators assist the student-to-prospective-employee-transition. Two navigators, one employment and one education, are the liaisons in each of the Blackfoot Nation Confederacy communities.