Candice Pete-Cardoso is a nêhiyaw-iskwêw from the Little Pine First Nation, Treaty 6 Territory. She is a proud mother of 2 and grandmother of 4. She is an Alumnus of USask and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration, a Bachelors of Commerce, and a Certificate in Indigenous Business Administration and over 25 years of experience working within the post-secondary sector, as well as with federal, provincial, and Indigenous governments.
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 Indigenous 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.
Candice is currently the Director, the kihci-okâwîmâw askiy Knowledge Centre. Previous to this, Candice was responsible for supporting the Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement in operationalizing the mandate of the office, her accountabilities were focused in the areas of strategic planning, operations and people planning, risk management, financial management and for ensuring progress within the institution with regard to the University Plan 2025 and the Indigenous Strategy.
USask Committee Work
- kihci-okâwîmâw askiy Knowledge Centre Steering Committee, Co-chair
- ASPA Collective Bargaining Team
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of College of Agriculture and Bioresources
- Centre Directors Forum, Office of the Vice-President Research
- 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 Social Justice Committee
- ASPA Finance Committee
External Committee Work
- Nature Conservancy of Canada, Board of Directors
- The Central Grasslands Roadmap, Canada Working Group