Indigenous Grads of RRU: Jeannette Cable
Indigenous Grads of RRU is a series introducing you to recent Indigenous grads through their own storytelling. Today’s storyteller is Jeannette Cable, a Métis grad living in Edmonton, Alberta. She recently graduated from the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership program.
I’ve always enjoyed learning and wanted to demonstrate the benefits of lifelong learning for my daughter. I am grateful, in my latest educational experience, that my daughter was also in university. We were students together, learning from each other, sharing information, and asking questions.
My mom had a very negative experience in school. She was teased by her classmates and called racist names, which led to her dropping out in Grade 10. Hearing stories like these, I downplayed my Métis heritage growing up because I didn’t want to share the same awful encounters that my mom had to endure. I was so fearful I would be judged or treated differently.
My Kokum (grandmother) was key to my culture. She passed away 12 years ago, so I lost some of that connection at that time. I found my way again and reached out to people in my life to continue to experience culture through my own discovery. Over the last decade, I started to embrace what it means to be an Indigenous student.
My learning experience at Royal Roads has been enlightening, as I learned theory and concepts that I could apply in a real-world setting. Along the way, I also gained academic skills to share with my daughter in her studies.
I'm very grateful for the experience and the lifelong friendships with my classmates. It was just at the right time in my life. As you're learning, sometimes there are really tough days, and you wonder, “What the heck am I doing this for?” but you put your head down and get through it. It is so rewarding to be able to challenge yourself and overcome those barriers. There's always, always room to improve and to keep changing, evolving and growing. The more you learn, the more experiences you have to share with others.
Education has always been an essential part of my life. I went to high school in Sherwood Park, Alberta, then completed a journalism diploma. I became a reporter and producer for a local television station. After several years working in news, I began a new career as an instructor at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. That experience led to a leadership role, first as a department head and then my current position as an associate dean. During my time at NAIT, I first completed my Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communications and then applied for the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership program at Royal Roads.