Indigenous Awareness

Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Award Recipients 2018

These awards recognize First Nations, Metis and Inuit students who model strength and commitment in the pursuit of their personal education path and embrace their own gifts, strengths and potential while celebrating the ways of their people.

The Honouring Spirit logo reflects the direction of the ASBA Indigenous Advisory Circle to have the Award recipients gifted with star blankets. The logo brings First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures together within the beauty of the star while honouring unique aspects of each culture. The Métis are represented by the sash design in red diamonds; the Inuit through designs reminiscent of traditional tattoos in the blue diamonds. The Cree and Dene are honoured in the yellow diamonds through a floral motif; and the Blackfoot, Nakota and Tsuut’ina are represented in the grey diamonds, with a beading inspired geometric design.

Each Award recipient’s certificate is individually created with the logo presented in the language of his/her Nation or community.

ASBA is proud to announce the 12 award recipients:

Grades K-3 category:

Mihko Crowchild – Calgary Catholic, St. Cyril Elementatry/Junior High School
Fabien Bourke-Tourangeau – Edmonton Catholic, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Elementary School
Chloe Verhaeghe – Greater St. Albert Catholic, Neil M. Ross Catholic School

Grades 4-6 category:

Taylor Golosky – Fort McMurray Public. Dr. K. A. Clark Public School
Tacey Rabbit – Livingstone Range SD, W.A. Day School
Mylee Yellowbird – Wolf Creek SD, Ponoka Elementary School

Grades 7-9 category:

Salima Thibault – Fort McMurray Public, Ecole McTavis Junior High Public School
Wyatt Delver – St. Paul ERD, Ashmont Secondary School
Lenaisha Day Chief – Westwind SD, Spring Glen Junior High School

Grades 10-12 category:

Ryleigh Grant-Turner – Grande Prairie Public, Charles Spencer High School
Aydan Desjarlais – Lakeland Catholic, Assumption School
Treasure Yellow Old Woman – Siksika Board of Education, Siksika Nation High School

News Release

12 students recognized with Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards

First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who model strength and commitment in the pursuit of their personal education path were awarded Saturday at the Alberta School Boards Association’s inaugural award ceremony.

May 12, 2018, Edmonton, AB — Hosted by the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA), presented the first-ever Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards at Government House on Saturday.

These awards offer the opportunity to celebrate the unique qualities of students who embrace their own gifts, strengths and potential while celebrating the ways of their people. They inspire their peers, teachers, education leaders and community members while respecting the agency of other students to do the same in their own ways.

“On behalf of the ASBA Board of Directors, I am so proud to be part of this celebration. The stories of determination, resiliency and community spirit these 12 kids—and all nominees—have shown is astounding. Children who encourage their peers, offer their time for community events and show pride in their cultures are inspirations for us all.” Mary Martin, President, ASBA

“I’m inspired by the bright young people being recognized with the Honouring Spirit Indigenous Student Award. They’ve worked hard to develop their own wonderful and unique gifts while encouraging those around them to do the same. It’s a pleasure to learn from them and to help celebrate their accomplishments.” Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

Sponsored by the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) in collaboration with the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA), Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) and funded this year through grant dollars from Alberta Education, the Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards will be presented annually to First Nations, Métis or Inuit student nominees who attend a school in Alberta, either operated by an ASBA member school board or a First Nations school.

Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards

Formerly known as the Indigenous Shining Student Award, the Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards are intended to recognize First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who model strength and commitment in the pursuit of their personal education path and embrace their own gifts and potential while celebrating the ways of their people.

About: Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards will be presented annually to students selected by the Awards Committee. The Committee will consider First Nations, Métis or Inuit student nominees who attend a school in Alberta, either operated by an ASBA member school board or a First Nations school, who have been nominated by members of their education community based on their exemplary leadership, honour, courage and commitment to their own education path.

Eligibility: Nominees will be First Nations, Métis or Inuit students enrolled in and regularly attending a school that is operated by an Alberta school board or First Nation Education Authority.

This unique award program provides the opportunity to celebrate the exceptional qualities of students who inspire their peers, teachers, education leaders and community members while respecting the agency of other students to do the same in their own ways.