Canadian Teachers’ Federation to present the Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award to a Manitoba educator

July 16, 2009

(CTF News Service – Ottawa) The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is extremely pleased to present the Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award to an educator who has made great strides for Aboriginal education in Canada.

“Aboriginal teachers have an important role in encouraging and sustaining Aboriginal culture in Canada,” says CTF President Emily Noble. “For this reason, the CTF Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Education chose to pay tribute to all Aboriginal teachers by highlighting one’s incredible achievements.

“We are delighted to honour Myra Laramee, a Cree/Metis educational innovator from Manitoba, who has shown lifelong passion and commitment to Aboriginal education in her province,” explains Noble. Laramee has devoted herself to the creation and implementation of Aboriginal Education to the benefit off all students, educators and communities. Her vision led to the nurturing of Niji Mahkwa School as a Winnipeg Public School which reflects Aboriginal values in all of its practices and activities, and has received international praise. “We are delighted to acknowledge and honour her contributions with the award on behalf of nearly 200,000 teachers across this country,” adds Noble.

“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:


Friday, July 17, 2009


11:45 am


Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent St., Ottawa, Ontario


Presentation of Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award, CTF Recognition Awards and Public Education Advocacy Award

CTF speaks for nearly 200,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. CTF membership includes teacher organizations across Canada. CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International.


Comments: Emily Noble, CTF President, 613-899-4209 (cell)
Media Contact: Francine Filion, Director of Communications,
613-899-4247 (cell)