Nominations for the Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards 2022 – Now Open!

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The Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards are intended to recognize First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who model strength and commitment in the pursuit of their personal education paths and embrace their own gifts, strengths and potential while celebrating the ways of their people.

These awards provide the opportunity to celebrate the unique qualities of students who inspire their peers, teachers, education leaders and community members while respecting the agency of other students to do the same in their own ways.

Award Parameters
Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards are presented annually to students selected by the Awards Committee. The Committee considers First Nations, Métis or Inuit students who have been nominated by members of their education community based on their exemplary leadership, honour, courage and commitment to their own education path.

Nominees are First Nations, Métis or Inuit students enrolled in, and regularly attending, a school that is operated by an ASBA member school board or First Nations Education Authority.

Awards Categories
Award categories are divided into three regions: North, Central and South. In each region, awards are divided into the following grade categories:

  • Kindergarten to Grade 3;
  • Grades 4 to 6;
  • Grades 7 to 9;
  • And, Grades 10 to 12.

In total, 12 awards are distributed each year.

Sponsors and supporters

This award is sponsored by Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA), with the celebration co-hosted by ASBA and Alberta Education. The awards are supported by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA) and Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA).


Students may be nominated by other students, teachers, principals, superintendents, education directors, trustees, school staff, Elders or a member of the education community. The Nomination Package is available in English and French at


Watch past student recipients speak about why these awards are so special to them below


Media inquiries:

Katy Campbell

Director of Communications, ASBA

780.451.7137 |