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Blackfalds student celebrated for ASBA Indigenous Honouring Spirit Award selection

Chloe Sanderson was one of 12 students across Alberta to receive the 2024 Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Award
From left are WCPS Cultural Support Worker Tara Peninou, Elder Effie Janvier, student Chloe Sanderson, WCPS Board Chair Luci Henry, WCPS Director of Indigenous Education and Reconciliation Erin Tisdale, and Dion Yellowbird. The group posed for a photo after the WCPS board honoured Sanderson at its May meeting. She was recognized for her 2024 Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Award. (Photo submitted)

A Wolf Creek Public Schools student has received provincial-level recognition for exploring and committing to her Indigenous culture. 

Chloe Sanderson, a student at Iron Ridge Intermediate Campus in Blackfalds, was one of 12 students across Alberta to receive the 2024 Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Award from the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA).

Sanderson has advanced multiple grade levels in reading and writing, actively celebrates her Indigenous heritage, and demonstrates leadership through her involvement in school clubs and sports teams, according to a release.

"We are immensely proud of Chloe for receiving the Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Award," said Tim De Ruyck, superintendent of Wolf Creek Public Schools.

"Chloe's dedication and leadership reflect the outstanding qualities we strive to foster in all our students. Her exploration of her own heritage and culture underscores her own hard work and passion, but also the supportive environment created by her school and our dedicated staff."

De Ruyck also praised the efforts of the division's director of Indigenous Education and Reconciliation. 

"This award is a significant recognition for not just Chloe, but also the tireless efforts of Erin Tisdale, director of Indigenous Education and Reconciliation and her department," he said.

"Their work in promoting the culture, traditions and histories of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people among our students and staff has been invaluable. Chloe’s success highlights the positive impact of these initiatives on our school communities."

Each recipient received an award certificate, a hand-crafted Star Blanket, and a $2,500 scholarship sponsored by oil and gas operator Keyera. 

"We are inspired by the 2024 Honouring Spirit Award recipients’ passion, strength and leadership," said Christy Elliott, senior vice president at Keyera.

"We hope the Keyera scholarship supports them in continuing their educational journeys and encourages them to pursue their dreams."

The award ceremony, held in April in Edmonton, featured remarks from dignitaries including Lieutenant Governor Salma Lakhani, Minister of Education Demetrios Nicolaides, and Minister of Indigenous Relations Rick Wilson.

"This award is a testament to the remarkable resilience, strength and determination of Indigenous students across Alberta,” said ASBA President Marilyn Dennis.

Following the ceremony, Wolf Creek’s board of trustees also honoured Sanderson's achievement, hosting her at the May meeting.