“Indigenous education is a reciprocal process that includes cultures, traditions, and histories and engages students, staff, parents, and community partners to collaborate for student success,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire. “Achieving success in Indigenous education is critical for the future of Canada. The National Gathering is a place where educators and partners can share their experiences and work together to improve the educational outcomes.”
In addition to the conference, participants also took part in the Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Awards. Individuals were acknowledged for having innovative and impactful teaching practices, advocating for resources and culturally-based curricula, and helping Indigenous students reach their full potential.
Suncor and the Suncor Energy Foundation have been supporting this and other Indspire events and programs, including the Indspire Awards gala (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards), since 2001. It’s a partnership which aligns with Suncor’s aims.
“This relationship aligns with Suncor’s first long-term social goal which recognizes the value of relationships, in particular in the area of partnering with Aboriginal youth to develop their leadership potential,” said Dean Dussault, senior advisor, communications and stakeholder relations, Suncor Montreal. “It focuses on building greater mutual trust and respect with the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, and increasing the participation of Aboriginal Peoples in energy development. This goal is about learning from, and with, partners and communities.”
Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of individuals, their families, communities, and Canada.
Congratulations to the 2017 Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Award recipients:
- Community Service: Pauline Favel, First Nations, North Battleford, Sask.
- Innovative Practice: Judy Whitford, Métis, Yellowknife, N.W.T.
- Culture, Language and Traditions: Danita Lewis, First Nations, Comox, B.C.
- Culture, Language and Traditions: Siaja Mark-Manqiuk, Inuk, Ivujivik, Que.
- Culture, Language and Traditions: Donald Speidel, First Nations, Whitecap Dakota First Nation, Sask.
- Leadership: Lorne Belmore, First Nations, Winnipeg, Man.
- Role Model: Billie-Jo Grant, Métis, St. Albert, Alta.
- Role Model: Pamela Sparklingeyes, First Nations, Edmonton, Alta.
- Partner in Indigenous Education: Darlene Nuqingaq, Non-Indigenous, Iqaluit, Nunavut
- Indigenous Organization Award: Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, Thunder Bay, Ont.
In the photo (L to R):Dean Dussault, Senior Advisor, Communications and Stakeholder Relations, Suncor, Stéphane Demers, Operations Director, Suncor, Montreal Refinery, Jean-Yves Charland, Member of the Montreal Refinery Citizens Liaison Committee, Emmanuelle Bécaert, Environment Advisor, Suncor, Billie-Jo Grant, recipient of the 2017 Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Awards, Role Model, and Sandy Klick, teacher, St-Albert, AB. At this years’ conference Dean Dussault took part in workshop introductions, while Stéphane Demers presented awards.