November 16, 2021 - For Immediate Release
Horizon Board of Education Honoured with Premier’s Award
Humboldt, SK –The Horizon School Division Board of Education has received the 2021 Premier’s Board of Education
Award for Innovation and Excellence in Education for the submission of “the Horizon School Division George Gordon
First Nation Mîkiwahp (Tipi) Project.”
The Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) co-ordinates the Premier’s Award each year. The award was
presented on behalf of Premier Scott Moe during the SSBA’s virtual Annual General Assembly on Tuesday.
“It is so important that all students feel welcome and represented in their schools and communities,” Education
Minister Dustin Duncan said. “Through projects like the Mîkiwahp (Tipi) Project, students can connect with culture
through education. Everyone at George Gordon First Nation and Horizon School Division should be very pleased with
this wonderful achievement.”
In its application for the award, Horizon said the George Gordon First Nation Mîkiwahp (Tipi) Project is intended to
develop culturally appropriate curricula and an instructional model to continually inform schools, teachers and the
division in the implementation of high-quality, responsive instruction for Indigenous students. The culmination of the
project will be the creation of an outdoor classroom (Mîkiwahp structure) that will continue to serve as a space for
ongoing land-based learning, ceremony and celebrations. The model of planning and instruction will be adopted as
the exemplar for Indigenous education in this community and other similar communities in Horizon.
“On behalf of the Board of Education, we are humbled and honoured to receive the Premier’s Award for Innovation
and Excellence in Education,” said Jim Hack, Horizon School Division Board Chair. “We recognize that other school
divisions and Indigenous authorities are doing excellent work, and that Saskatchewan’s students are in great hands.
We would like to thank our staff for their outstanding commitment to our Board’s renewed focus on educating
through Truth to ensure a future of Reconciliation.”
The $3,000 award has been sponsored by Xerox Canada since its development in 1999. The award recipient is
recommended by a panel of education sector partners. Xerox is pleased to continue the long-standing partnership
with the Saskatchewan School Boards Association through the sponsorship of the Premier’s Award for Innovation and
Excellence in Education.
“At Xerox, we are always innovating to drive change,” said Steve Bandrowczak, Chief Operations Officer. “Change is
faster today than it ever was, and slower than it ever will be. This mentality fuels us to always look ahead, to see
what’s next. We are honoured to do our part in encouraging our youth in this award, focusing on Innovation and
To view a video about the project, please visit: https://youtu.be/7VPPVx84Rgk
For more information, please contact: Jesse Green