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Indspire announces the recipients of the 2020 Guiding the Journey Educator Awards

November 5, 2020 – Ohsweken, ON.

Indspire is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Guiding the Journey: Educator Awards, which will be presented at the 2020 National Gathering for Indigenous Education on November 26-27, 2020. Taking place virtually this year due to COVID-19, the Gathering is the largest national event of its kind, where educators and partners come together to share their voices and work together to improve the educational outcomes of K-12 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.

The Guiding the Journey: Educator Awards recognize Indigenous educators, one Indigenous organization, and one non-Indigenous educator, who have made valuable contributions to community-based education and honour the principles of Indigenous knowledge.

“Indigenous educators guide students’ journeys through leadership, innovative practice, and dedication to community,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire. “We celebrate and honour these educators who inspire their students each and every day so that they will achieve their highest potential. I firmly believe this will enrich First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities and Canada as a whole.”

“Congratulations to all of this year’s Guiding the Journey Award recipients. Thank you for helping all students see and achieve their potential. The dedication and investment to Indigenous youth made by educators makes a positive difference to both students and our communities,” said Martha Hall Findlay, Chief Sustainability Officer, Suncor.

The 2020 Guiding the Journey: Educator Award recipients are:

Community Service
Jo-Ann Lindalh
Dewdney Elementary School
British Columbia

Role Model
Therese Anderson
Frontier School Division

Culture, Language and Traditions
Celeste Tootoosis
Sakewew High School

Gail Brant-Terry
Upper Canada District School Board

Innovative Practice
Michelle Ranger
Calgary Board of Education

Partner in Indigenous Education
Angie Ortlieb
Avondale Elementary Public and Alternative Schools

Young Indigenous Women’s Utopia

For full bios on each of the recipients, please visit https://indspire.ca/events/guiding-the-journey/.

Indspire would like to thank the following sponsors of the 2020 National Gathering. Your investment in this program is having a positive impact on Indigenous education and in the lives of Indigenous students, their families and the future of this country.

Lead Partner: Government of Canada
Presenting Corporate Sponsor:
Major Sponsors: TD Bank Group; The Slaight Family Foundation;
Supporting Sponsor: Syncrude
Keynote Speaker Sponsor: Shell
Student Panel Sponsor: CN
Inspiration Sponsor: Rio Tinto

About Indspire

Indspire is an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire provides financial awards, delivers programs and shares resources so that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students will achieve their highest potential. Anchored by its mission and mandate, Indspire’s North Star vision is that, within a generation, every Indigenous student will graduate. In 2019-2020, Indspire provided over $17.8 million through 5,124 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada. For more information, visit indspire.ca.

Nick Foglia
Vice President, Communications & Marketing
(416) 987-0260 / (416) 710-6070