National Gathering for Indigenous Education

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 held in various cities across Canada each year. Recipients must accept and attend the event in order to receive the award.

2018 Award Recipients

Community Service:  Cort Dogniez, Métis Nation of Saskatchewan
Community Service:  Rachel Mishenene, Eabametoong and Mishkeegogamang First Nations, ON
Innovative Practice: Lori Pritchard, Métis, AB
Culture, Language and Traditions: John Elliott, Tsartlip First Nation, W̱SÁNEĆ Nation, BC
Culture, Language and Traditions:  Starr Paul, Eskasoni First Nation, NS
Leadership: Leadership Rebecca Hainnu, Inuk, Clyde River, NU
Leadership: Leona Prince, Lake Babine Nation, BC
Partner in Indigenous Education:  Lisa Howell, Non-Indigenous, Ottawa, ON
Role Model: Kimberly Sommer, Makah, Neah Bay, Washington
Indigenous Organization Award:  Kehteyak (The Old Ones) Education Society, Edmonton, AB

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Award Categories

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.

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
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.

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