Candice Pete-Cardoso is a nêhiyaw-iskwêw from the Little Pine First Nation, Treaty 6 Territory. She is a proud mother of two and grandmother of four. Candice graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Certificate in Indigenous Business Administration, a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Public Administration.
Candice started her career with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. During her time with the federal government, she gained experience in human resources, economic development, financial management and federal treasury board policies specific to First Nation funding arrangements. Her expertise in these areas led her to the University of Saskatchewan where she worked as the Director of Indigenous Peoples Resource Management/Coordinator of Aboriginal Programs for over 10 years. During her time at the University, over 200 students successfully graduated with a certificate specializing in lands and resource management. Candice ensured that the program met the needs of Indigenous communities by incorporating Indigenous worldviews into curriculum.
Candice also took some time to pursue a new learning opportunity and worked for the Government of Saskatchewan as the Executive Director, Northern Engagement Branch, Ministry of Government Relations. She enjoyed the new challenge, and believes that living life should be full of new learning opportunities. Her passion for working for and with Indigenous communities brought her back to the University of Saskatchewan.
USask Committee Work
- Indigenous Land Management Institute – Steering Committee – Co-chair
- deybwewin (Saulteaux) | taapwaywin (Michif) | tapwewin (Cree) – Indigenous Membership Verification with Documentation – Taskforce – OVPIE
- Mistatimok Planning Committee – OVPIE
- Indigenous Advisory Circle, Co-Chair
- ASPA Executive Member
- ASPA Collective Bargaining Team
- ASPA Social Justice Committee
- ASPA Finance Committee
External Committee Work
- Nature Conservancy of Canada – Board of Directors