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Elmer N. Ghostkeeper

Elmer N. Ghostkeeper

Elmer Ghostkeeper has great respect for Mother Earth. He knows the Creator gave us the land, air and water only once, and so he believes, "We must practice sustainability and attempt to repair damages to these sacred gifts, restoring them to their original creation. We must work with the land, air and water and not off them."

For a time, Elmer was the president and CEO of an oil and gas company called SunStar Resources on the Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement.  The Board of Directors was entirely Métis people and the company was owned by the Métis.  As much as possible, they tried to hire Indigenous people for jobs in engineering and other skilled areas.

Still, Elmer knows that school can be difficult, especially math and science courses. But, he says if you "let the numbers dance for you, then math and science classes will become enjoyable." He recalls that in his own student days, "I could not wait for some classes to begin because I enjoyed them so much." He adds, "Learn to follow your heart, it will direct you to your purpose in life. Always keep in mind that engineering and science is just another way to understand Mother Earth and her sacred gifts."

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