Tiffany Gould of We’koqma’q, Sarah Doucette of Membertou, Nicole Johnson and Mary Elizabeth Denny of Eskasoni are the four recipients of this year’s Sister Dorothy Moore Mi’kmaq Education Scholarship.
The awards, valued at $1,500 each, were presented during the Treaty Day Celebration on Oct. 1st in Halifax, NS.
As a gesture of reconciliation during the 2011 Truth and Reconciliation event held in Halifax, the Government of Nova Scotia announced the creation of the annual scholarship fund to assist Mi’kmaq persons studying full-time in a recognized teacher certification/education program.
Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey named the scholarship program after Sister Dorothy Moore, an educator and respected elder who has devoted her life to enhancing educational opportunities for Mi’kmaq people.
Applicants must submit an essay describing how their education and career goals are linked to Mi’kmaw culture, language, and improving Mi’kmaq student outcomes in on-reserve schools as well as the public school system. The application also has to include a summary of non-academic attributes such as leadership, service to the community, volunteer experience, and extra-curricular activities.
The winners of the Donald Marshall Senior Memorial Scholarship were Christina Dykstra of Pictou Landing and Bertram Bernard Jr. of Eskasoni.