On November 13, 2015 in Calgary Alberta, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey was presented with the Indspire Indigenous Organization Award.
Indspire recognizes and celebrates educators for their achievement and innovation in Indigenous education. Each year a number of educators are recognized for their community service, innovative practice and leadership. This was the first year for the presentation of the Indigenous Organization Award.
The Indigenous Organization award is given to a whole school or Indigenous education organization that has developed models, strategies, and programs that have made an impact in the field of Indigenous education. These innovative leadership teams are creating school models, strategies and programs that are leading the way in the field of Indigenous education.
“This award is presented to the entire organization because everyone works together as a team to accomplish our goals,” said Eleanor Bernard, Executive Director of Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey. “Our graduation rate is almost 90%. We couldn't do that without the support of the education directors, principals and teachers.”
The award was presented during the Guiding the Journey gala as part of the National Gathering for Indigenous Education. This year, more than 500 people attended the annual conference, which focuses on closing the gap in Indigenous education through holistic education. The conference is an opportunity for educators to share knowledge and work on solutions to improving the academic outcomes of k-12 Indigenous students.
The conference featured several workshops on topics such as Urban Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Culture-Based Integrated Planning, Peer Support, and Effective School Leadership. Eleanor Bernard and Linda Simon also presented on Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey: Supporting Student Success. Their presentation will be uploaded to the Indspire website in the near future.
Congratulations to all!