Debbie Mineault is the Alberta Teacher’s Association’s (ATA’s) 2023 Outstanding Indigenous Educator of the Year.

Minealt has worked as a teacher, school principal, worked for Alberta Education, and in her current role as Northland School Division’s director of First Nations, Métis and Inuit education.

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

In the news release, Cathy Wanyandie, Northland’s board of trustees chair, says, “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.”

This award is given by the ATA’s Indigenous Education Council.

The Northland news release says, the 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.”

The presentation was November 18.

Debbie Mineault

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