The Wilson family lived a traditional lifestyle of hunting, fishing and trapping. Stanley thought that an education might bridge the gap between what Elders and bush life taught him and his many books of the western world. It was the beginning of a distinguished career in indigenous education.
Stanley received his Bachelor of Art and taught at all levels of education before earning his Ph.D. from the University of California. He worked administratively at many levels including as provincial education consultant in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and Dean of Education at the University College of the North.
He and his wife, Peggy, who also has her Doctorate in Education, initiated the Indigenous Land Based Master’s group offered at the University of Saskatchewan. Stanley works from within an Indigenous model, promoting and encouraging Aboriginal people to respect and utilize their own distinct knowledge base.
Throughout his distinguished journey in indigenous education, Stan humbly acknowledges, “I have been blessed with wonderful mentors: teachers, professors, traditional people.” He continues to make a significant mark across Canada, the United States and Australia conducting Cultural Awareness training, staff development seminars and advising Cree language immersion programs.