FNMIEC Outstanding Aboriginal Educator of the Year Award
The Outstanding Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal students, and has demonstrated leadership, and authentic inclusion of Aboriginal voice and presence in Education.
The Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award will be awarded annually to acknowledge the importance of Aboriginal Teachers and Culture in Alberta. The winner of the Alberta Award will be nominated as the Alberta Candidate for the Canadian Teacher’s Federations Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award.
-To recognize the important contributions of Aboriginal teachers in Alberta Schools
-To promote teaching as a career for Aboriginal Youth
-To recognize excellence in teaching that reflects an Aboriginal Culture
-To advocate for an increased Aboriginal presence in Alberta Classrooms
-Aboriginal Educators employed in K-12 school system in Alberta
-Minimum 5 years teaching experience
-Must be active or associate member of Alberta Teachers’ Association
-Nomination must include membership in the FNMIEC of the Alberta Teachers’ Association
-Advocates or demonstrates authentic inclusion of Aboriginal voice and presence in an educational setting
-Demonstrates leadership in Aboriginal Education through:
Curricular initiatives that Address Aboriginal history, culture and language
Initiates to improve success of Aboriginal students, and
Involvement of the Aboriginal Community within Public Education
-A completed nomination form
-Nominee's curricular vitae which demonstrates evidence of teaching excellence, innovation, leadership & advocacy for Aboriginal Education
-Two Letters of Support for the nomination
The successful candidate will be notified by June 21, 2018
Presentation of the award will be made at the FNMIEC Conference OCTOBER 11-13, 2018
Click HERE to nominate someone for this prestigious award.
2017 Outstanding Aboriginal Educator of the Year Recipient
Natalie Bear, the 2017 recipient of the the Outstanding Aboriginal Educator of the Year, is a Nehiyaw Iskwew (Cree woman) from Bigstone Cree Nation in northern Alberta. She began her career teaching at Oski Pasikoniwew Kamik School and is currently employed with STAR Catholic School Division. Natalie is a Phys.Ed/Learning Support teacher at Sacred Heart School in Wetaskiwin. She also works to support First Nations, Metis and Inuit learners in her school as well as furthering Indigenous education within her division by working to make connections, build relationships and provide support for teachers. She graduated from the University of Alberta in 2004 and is currently working toward her M.Ed. in Indigenous Education with the University of Calgary.