Recognizing educators who are transforming the lives of Indigenous students every day

Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Awards

Indspire recognizes and celebrates outstanding educators for their achievement and innovation in Indigenous education. Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Awards recipients receive a $1,000 prize, framed award, and all-expense paid trip to the awards gala that is held in conjunction with the annual National Gathering for Indigenous Education.

Nominations for 2016 are now closed

Help us recognize and celebrate Indigenous educators who are helping students reach their full potential.

  • Any person in Canada may submit a nomination.
  • Nominations of deceased persons will not be accepted.
  • Jurors are not eligible for nomination and may not submit nominations or support letters.
  • If your nomination is not selected this year, it will go forward to the next two years. You may update your nomination with recent reference letters and nomination form.
  • Only recipients selected for the current year are contacted.

Nominate an educator

Nominate an organization

Nominations are now closed


Educator nominees must:

  • demonstrate outstanding achievement in Indigenous education;
  • be permanent Canadian residents or Canadian born; and
  • be practicing K-12 educators
  • accept and attend the gala to receive the award.

Organization nominees must:

  • demonstrate outstanding achievement in Indigenous education;
  • be based in Canada;
  • focus on K-12 education
  • accept and attend the gala in order to receive the award.

Award Categories

Educator Awards

Community Service: First Nation, Inuit or Métis person who demonstrated commitment to K-12 students over the span of a long career in education.

Innovative Practice: First Nation, Inuit or Métis person who consistently demonstrates teaching practices and strategies that exemplify excellence in terms of creativity, use of technology, and effective pedagogy in the classroom.

Leadership: First Nation, Inuit or Métis person who consistently takes on a leadership role in the educational community that fosters achievement amongst K-12 students.

Language, Culture and Traditions: First Nation, Inuit or Métis person who integrates language, culture and Indigenous knowledge into classroom learning and creates a learning environment that is open to multiple ways of knowing the world.

Role Model: First Nation, Inuit or Métis person who teaches by example, positive and healthy lifestyle choices that have had a significant influence on K-12 students.

Partner in Indigenous Education: Non-Indigenous educator who has made a significant contribution to furthering K-12 Indigenous student success


Organization Award

Whole school or Indigenous education organization that has developed models, strategies, and programs that have made an impact in the field of Indigenous Education.

If you have questions, please contact us:
1.855.INDSPIRE (463.7747) x252