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Debbie Mineault wins Outstanding Indigenous Educator of the Year Award

Posted on November 9

Northland School Division (NSD) is pleased to announce that Director of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Debbie Mineault has been selected as the 2023 Outstanding Indigenous Educator of the Year Award. The award is presented by the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s (ATA’s) Indigenous Education Council. 

The ATA’s Indigenous Education Council is a professional organization for teachers, associate members of the ATA and university students. Given the changes to the provincial curriculum and the Teaching Quality Standard with regards to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education inclusion, the council strives to provide resources and projects for members to explore with students. 

The Outstanding Indigenous Educator of the Year Award is for a teacher, advocate and professional; who has made significant efforts in furthering First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education in Alberta. This person cares deeply about the success of Indigenous students, and has demonstrated leadership, and authentic inclusion of Indigenous voice and presence in Education. 

"On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I congratulate Debbie on earning such a prestigious award,” said Cathy Wanyandie, Board Chair. “We very much appreciate the efforts Debbie puts in to weave language and culture into the student learning experience. Her contributions support Northland School Division’s priorities around excellence in learning, leadership and relationships.” 

“Debbie has contributed so much to education as a teacher, school principal, while working with Alberta Education and as the Director of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education with Northland School Division,” said Shelley Willier, Superintendent of Schools/CEO. Her efforts have positively impacted the communities, the students and staff. Congratulations Debbie!” 

“Ninanaskomin, I am so thankful, proud and honoured to be selected for such a highly praised award in excellence of Indigenous education,” said Mineault. 

Debbie will be presented the 2023 Outstanding Indigenous Educator Award on November 18, 2023. 

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Monica Crawford said on November 9, 2023

Congratulations Debbie!!

Pearl Calahasen said on November 13, 2023

A huge Congratulations, Debbie!! You've worked so hard for the students, teachers and everyone you know to ensure aboriginal knowledge is taught in schools. You make me proud. Hiy hiy!

Beth Ann said on November 14, 2023

WOW!! Graceful, respectful, unassuming! CONGRATULATIONS DEBBIE!!
You've earned this award and I'm so happy for you! You truly know what "whakohtowin" means! All the best.