Westwind School Division's Lenaisha Day Chief, a Grade 8 student at Spring Glen Junior High School, was honoured as one of 12 recipients of The Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards at Government House in Edmonton this past Saturday.
The Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards recognizes First Nations, Metis and Inuit students "who model strength and commitment in the pursuit of their personal education path and embrace their own gifts, strengths and potential while celebrating the ways of their people," says the ASBA.
"I was surprised that they picked me," says Lenaisha. "I am proud of myself for working so hard at school as well as other extracurricular activities. I try to be aware of how I can help my family and community. I am proud of my heritage and where I come from. My family is important to me and I make sure I am part of my culture through attending sweats, Sundance and other activities."
A special star blanket was presented to each recipient of the award at a ceremony hosted by Lt. Gov. Lois E. Mitchell and the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA).
The Honouring Spirit logo unites First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures together within the beauty of the star while honouring the uniquely beautiful aspects of each culture. "The Métis are represented by the sash design in red diamonds; the Inuit through designs reminiscent of traditional tattoos in the blue diamonds. The Cree and Dene are honoured in the yellow diamonds through a floral motif; and the Blackfoot, Nakota and Tsuut’ina are represented in the grey diamonds, with a beading inspired geometric design." explains the ASBA.
Additionally, each Award recipient’s certificate is individually created with the logo presented in the language of his/her Nation or community.
Lenaisha was nominated for the award by Mr. DJ Scott, Vice Principal at Spring Glen Junior High School. "I feel that Lenaisha epitomizes the values that the awards seek to recognize," he explains. "She shows her exceptionality by being an amazing representative of her culture, demonstrating how a First Nations youth can find success in education, and while being an exemplary leader by impacting those around her positively."
Congratulations Lenaisha! We are proud of the work that you are doing to improve our community and grateful that your efforts have been acknowledged and recognized by the ASBA!