I was born July 29, 1950, in Bonnyville, Alberta. My parents are Charles Minoose and Josette Estaltheni/Petit. My father’s parents are Elizabeth Telk’ulighu and J.B. Minoose. My mother’s parents are Anastasia Lagrosstête and Noel Estaltheni. My parents had 18 children.
I grew up on Łuwechok Túwé Denesųłiné néné (Cold Lake First Nations), where I attended Cold Lake Indian Day School\LeGoff from 1957-1965. For Grade 9, I attended Racette Catholic School in St. Paul, Alberta, and boarded at Blue Quills Residential School 1965-1966. I attended St. Dominic’s Catholic School in Cold Lake, Alberta 1966-1969 to do Grade 10-12. I completed Grade 12 in 1970 at Alberta College in Edmonton, Alberta. I entered Grant MacEwan Community College in 1972 and attended until 1974. I took 1 semester in Secretarial Arts, 1 semester in General Arts and Sciences, and 1 year in Social Services Diploma program. In 1975, I entered the Morningstar Indian Teacher Education program, of which I completed 1 year in 1976. I took a leave from my studies and worked until 1989, when I went back to Blue Quills Indian College to complete the second year of the Teacher Education Program. I entered University of Alberta in 1990-1991 and graduated with a degree in Education. In 2014, I enrolled in a Master of Arts in Indigenous Languages at the University nuhelot’ine thaʔe hots’į nistameyimakanak Blue Quills. I received my M.A. degree in 2016.
I have had numerous jobs over the years since 1966 to present. I taught in Maine, and Ohio in 1995-1998. In 2000-2003, I taught in Hatchet Lake, SK. In 2004-2007, I was the vice principal at Father Megret High School in Hatchet Lake. In 2007-2010, I worked at Cold Lake First Nations as Denesųłiné Language Curriculum Developer and from 2010-present worked as the Denesųłiné Language and Culture Director.