Skyscape: Instructor's Latest Book Inspires Readers to be Resilient


Allan Kehler hopes that after people read his latest book, that they “can find their own resilient spirit.”

Born Resilient shares the stories and experiences of several individuals as they persevered through their individual struggles. “This book has nothing to do with me, it has to do with the 17 people who wrote the stories,” said Kehler, a Mental Health & Wellness instructor at SIIT. The 17 stories include 7 personal stories of SIIT staff and alumni.

The motivation for writing this book came when he spoke with a 15-year-old student after completing a school presentation, whose hardships were almost too difficult to comprehend. “The hardship she endured at that age were quite mind boggling to me,” expressed Kehler.

“I’ve always been intrigued as to what makes people fight as opposed to give up, I like placing people at the proverbial fork in the road and trying to figure out why they went left as opposed to right,” explained Kehler. Since the book’s release in December, the feedback is that it’s helping other people fight through their own struggles, there’s relatability through the stories,” said Kehler.

The SIIT Saskatoon Campus hosted a book signing on January 31 with several of the contributors connected to SIIT. Kehler hoped it would allow the public to thank them for sharing their story. “It was important to me to do the book signing so they could sign their own story and embrace their own fighting spirit.”

Kehler contributed the proceeds from books sold during the event to cultural-based student events and activities on campus. In December, Kehler also gifted the proceeds of books sold to staff and students to SIIT for the student Christmas hamper draws at the Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert campuses. Kehler expressed that donating the proceeds to SIIT students was not only because of the SIIT contributors, but also as a way to give back to the institution that has allowed him to learn more about Indigenous culture and teachings in the eight years he has been at SIIT.

“The students have given me so much. Yes, I’m a teacher by trade but I’m being taught every day,” said Kehler. “I guess the short answer is that SIIT has given me more than I could ever give back.”

For more information on Born Resilient and Allan's other books or to purchase copies, visit: www.outfromtheshadows.ca.