CBE principal and diversity and learning support advisor win separate awards for work in Aboriginal education

Lori Pritchard, principal of Pitoaysis Family School, received an entrepreneurial leadership award from the Metis Nation of Alberta. She’s shown second from right.

Shane Cunningham (right), CBE diversity and learning support advisor, received the Dr. Joe Crowshoe Award from the University of Calgary. Dr. Reg Crowshoe (left), son of Dr. Joe Crowshoe, made the presentation.

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A Calgary Board of Education principal and a diversity and learning support advisor have received separate awards for their work in Aboriginal education.

Shane Cunningham, a CBE diversity and learning support advisor, Aboriginal education, has been honoured with the Dr. Joe Crowshoe Award by the University of Calgary. The award honours his 19 years of contributions to Aboriginal education.

“It’s a great honour and I’m very proud to receive this award, especially since it’s the Joe Crowshoe award,” Cunningham says. Cunningham said that when his Cree father moved their family to the Pincher Creek area in the heart of Blackfoot country, Joe Crowshoe welcomed the family and helped them be accepted into the community.

Cunningham works out of the CBE’s Area IV in southwest Calgary. The award honours his work in promoting cultural knowledge, working with students and their families and helping to shape curriculum. He said he attributes the award to the work of the whole Aboriginal education team.

It was presented to him by Joe Crowshoe’s son, Dr. Reg Crowshoe, who teaches at the U of C in the Faculty of Indigenous Studies.

Lori Pritchard, principal of Pitoayis Family School, received an entrepreneurial leadership award in April from the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.

Piitoayis Family School is a kindergarten to Grade 6 alternative program that teaches the Alberta Education Programs of Study through a diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and experiences.

Pritchard was nominated by Bev Renaud, Aboriginal community worker with social policy and planning at the City of Calgary. Pritchard has worked closely as a volunteering member of the Calgary Urban Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Committee.

Her award is called Success in the Corporate World. It is in recognition of her success as an educator, school leader, and advocate for Aboriginal youth and families while maintaining her connection to her Métis culture and community, “successfully walking with one foot in both worlds.”

The award was also in celebration of Pritchard being selected as one of Canada's Outstanding Principals in February by the Learning Partnership. It is the first time the award has been given to an educator.

“Being celebrated by my local Métis community is a testament to the collective strength and resilience of our people, and an honour that I will always keep close as a reminder of who I am and where I come from,” says Pritchard.

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