We are very proud to report that one of our own teachers here at École Elsie Mironuck Community School has been awarded the Canadian Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching.
On November 22, 2017, Madame Naomi Fortier-Fréçon and seven other teachers from across Canada were recognized for their their exceptional commitment to sharing Canadian history in unique ways. These eight teachers have received the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented in Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada. This award recognizes teachers who have distinguished themselves through innovative projects that allowed their students to explore Canadian history from a new angle.
Madame Naomi Fortier-Fréçon and Ms. Leia Laing in collaboration with Lifespeaker Noel Starblanket, Calvin Racette, and many other teachers and educators within Regina created the Multi-school Project entitled the Treaty4Project.
The Treaty4Project enabled Naomi Fortier-Fréçon and Leia Laing’s students to understand their generation’s ties to Treaty 4 (signed in 1874 at Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, Treaty 4 ceded indigenous territory to the federal government). Through the participation of a wide range of stakeholders, the project—presented in several Regina Public Schools and Conseil des écoles fransaskoises schools—gave students an opportunity to explore the concept of reconciliation by engaging with members of their community. It also allowed them to acquire fundamental knowledge of history.
We are so very proud of Madame Fortier-Fréçon and feel very lucky to have her continue to share the Treaty4Project with our students here at École Elsie Mironuck Community School.