Building an inclusive classroom environment that goes beyond words and land acknowledgements takes work. Inclusive and respectful education requires action and commitment, and it is a meaningful component of every child’s learning. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario recognizes and applauds Rachel Mishenene, the 2018 recipient of the
Indspire Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Award, for her outstanding work as an educator of Indigenous students and for leading the positive systemic change to education.“Educators make a difference in the lives of children to open doors, bridge gaps and offer truths, but Rachel Mishenene has gone one step further to ensure that Indigenous voices are included and heard,” said Sam Hammond, ETFO president. “Our union and classrooms in Ontario are better because of the tireless work of educator superheroes like Rachel.”
Mishenene, a member of the Eabametoong First Nation, is currently an Executive Assistant in First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education with the provincial office of ETFO. For her demonstrated commitment and action to K-12 students over the span of her education career, she received the Community Service award on November 8 at the National Gathering for Indigenous Education ceremony in Edmonton.“I’m very humbled and honoured to receive this award. My work is a responsibility to my ancestors, Indigenous Peoples, and to classroom teachers who are working to create culturally responsive learning environments,” Mishenene said.For more information on Indspire, a national Indigenous-led organization that invests in the education of Indigenous peoples by connecting educators of K-12 Indigenous students with programs, resources and a professional learning community to improve educational outcomes, please visit http://indspire.ca.