About Guiding the Journey Indigenous Educator Awards

Indigenous educators guide their students’ journey through leadership, innovative practice, and dedication to community. Guiding the Journey recognizes Indigenous educators who have made valuable contributions to community-based education and honour the principles of Indigenous knowledge. Award recipients will receive a framed award, a $1,000 prize and an all-expense paid trip to the awards ceremony in Montreal, QC. Recipients must accept and attend the event in order to receive the award.


Organization Award
School, School Board or Indigenous education organization that has developed models, strategies, and programs that have made an impact in the field of Indigenous Education.


Deadline to Now Closed

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

How to Nominate an Organization

Use the Online Nomination Form to complete and submit nominations.

Note: As part of Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Award process, only the recipients selected for the current year are contacted. If your nomination was not selected this year, it will go forward to the next two juries.

Eligibility Criteria

Any person in Canada may nominate organizations/schools that:

  • Demonstrate outstanding achievement in Indigenous education
  • Canadian school, School Board or Organization
  • Have practicing K-12 educators

Guiding the Journey jurors are NOT eligible to nominate and may not submit nominations support letters

Organization Indigenous Affiliation

First Nation (including status and non-status; on- or off-reserve), Inuit, Métis, non-Indigenous.

Consent of Nominee

Nominee has to provide consent in order to be nominated.

Letters of Support

Submit a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 letters of support with nomination.

Nominee’s Achievements and Contributions

Contribution to well-being of First Nation, Inuit or Metis Students and Community
Describe how the nominee has made an important contribution to the well-being (physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual) of First Nation, Inuit, and/or Métis students at the community level. (Maximum 500 words)

What is the overall impression of the school or organization’s contribution and commitment to Indigenous student success and Achievement?
List examples from letters of support, additional information provided by the nominator, and your own thoughts and conclusions. (Maximum 500 words)

Achievements and Awards
Provide a description of the nominee’s achievements and awards. Clearly explain how the candidate has made a contribution worthy of national recognition. What has the candidate done that was publically acknowledged or made an impact at the community or local level? (Maximum 500 words)

Add other noteworthy details about the candidate. (Maximum 200 words)

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