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2021 Honoring Spirit: Indigenous Student Award Winner

It is with great pride that PRSD is highlighting the 2021 Honoring Spirit: Indigenous Student Award to Fairview High School student, Nevaeh Lundgard for her fierce advocacy for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and her involvement in Sisters in Spirit vigils and activism.

The Honoring Spirit: Indigenous Student Award is a provincial award sponsored by the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA), and is meant to celebrate the unique qualities of students who inspire their peers, teachers, education leaders and community members, all while celebrating the ways of their people. In 2021, a total of 204 nominations were submitted from all of Alberta, and 12 students were selected to receive this prestigious award.

Nevaeh was awarded a Star Blanket, certificate and an honorarium of $300. Receiving a Star Blanket indicates that the giver holds the recipient in very high esteem for their generosity and accomplishments, which is something that Nevaeh displays on a daily basis. This ASBA sponsored award is supported by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the Ministry of Indigenous Relations, Alberta Education, the College of Alberta School Superintendents, the Alberta School Councils’ Association and the Alberta Teachers Association.

Nevaeh is a member of the Dunvegan Beaver Band of Dane-Zaa and has always shown passion and respect when learning about her traditional culture. She has educated many students, adults and educators about her culture and continues to bring those teachings into Fairview High School.

Because of her leadership at school and involvement in all activities that highlight Indigenous culture, reconciliation, and ways of knowledge, she has ultimately inspired those around her. Her strength, dedication, resilience and vulnerability are admired and we at the Peace River School Division are extremely grateful and proud of her continued pursuit in amplifying the Indigenous culture.

By sharing Indigenous traditions, culture and history within our school communities, Nevaeh has shown humility and has encouraged others to be proud of who they are. We are so happy that she has been given the recognition that she deserves and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.

Congratulations, and well-done Nevaeh!

 

 

Apr 1, 2022

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