Canadian Teachers’ Federation to present inaugural Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award to Newfoundland teacher

July 10, 2008

(CTF News Service – Moncton, N.B.) The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is extremely pleased to present its first Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award to a teacher who has made great strides for Aboriginal education in Canada.

“Aboriginal teachers have an important role in supporting and sustaining Aboriginal culture in Canada,” says CTF President Emily Noble. “It was for this reason that the CTF Aboriginal Education Committee chose to honour all Aboriginal teachers by highlighting the work of one.

“We are delighted to honour Edwina Wetzel, a Micmac teacher from Newfoundland, who has shown a lifelong passion and commitment to Aboriginal education in her province, explains Noble. We are delighted to acknowledge and honour her contributions with this inaugural award on behalf of over 220,000 teachers across this country.

“Canadian schools, teacher organizations and teacher education programs are open to learn from the diverse knowledge of Aboriginal teachers. Education plays a key role in the preservation and restoration of Aboriginal culture, and in improving the lives of Aboriginal peoples and addressing long-standing inequities,” concludes the President.

Details of the CTF National Awards celebration:

  When: Friday, July 11, 2008
  Time: 11:30 a.m.
  Where: Ballroom B & C, Delta Beauséjour, Moncton, N.B.
  What: Presentation of Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award, CTF Recognition Awards and Public Education Advocacy Award

CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member organizations in every province and territory in Canada as well as an Affiliate Member in Ontario. CTF (http://www.ctf-fce.ca) is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (http://www.ei-ie.org).

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Comments : Emily Noble, CTF President, 613-899-4209 (cell)

Media Contact: Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-899-4247 (cell)

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