2004 Graduation Ceremony
I am writing to express
our gratitude for your participation in helping us to
present a Graduation Gala for TeKnoWave Pilot Program
graduates that was a tremendous success.
The ceremony was surpassed only be the stellar achievements
of the graduates themselves, which was highlighted by
Christopher Brinklow being presented the Rahansiio Cross
Award of Excellence awarded to students who achieve
the highest academic scores during the year of study.
Moreover graduate students Angela Vallely and Philip
VanEvery-Albert were featured for being selected as
Canadian Youth Ambassadors to represent Canada in Busan,
South Korea at the Information Telecom Union (ITU) Asia
2004 in September.
We were especially honoured
to have Algonquin Nation Elder - Grandfather William
Commanda, provide the opening and closing prayer in
three languages including Algonquin, English and French.
Dr. Douglas Cardinal's keynote speech was profound and
inspiring. As Canada's 1st architect to embrace information
technology in his company in the 1970's he changed the
architect profession forever and is a role model for
all Aboriginal people and TeKnoWave graduates.
from Maurice F. Strong U.N. Under Secretary-General
and Special Advisor to the Secretary General; Prime
Minister Paul Martin; Minister of State (Northern Development)
Ethel Blondin-Andrew; and Mayor Bob Chiarelli were poignant
and gave particular recognition of TeKnoWave as Canada's
1st National Aboriginal IT Training Program.
Please accept our best
personal regards and sincere thanks for your help in
making the first TeKnoWave Pilot program graduation
2004 an unmitigated success.
All My Relations,
Clifford T. Summers
TeKnoWave Graduation Gala Committee