Throughout the month of May, Métis Nation British Columbia’s (MNBC) Ministry of Education accepted nominations for the first-ever MNBC Métis Early Childhood Education Recognition Awards. The awards recognized Métis Early Childhood Education Professionals who play a significant role in providing care to our children and who incorporate Métis culture into their environment to create a culturally safe space for Métis children. On May 26, 2021, MNBC’s Ministry of Education recognized and honoured seven Métis Early Childhood Educators at the first-ever virtual Métis Early Childhood Education Recognition Ceremony. Award recipients were recognized for their dedication to Métis Early Years programming, demonstrating their commitment to delivering learning environments where Métis culture is recognized and celebrated. We were joined by special guests MNBC Minister of Education Debra Fisher and Métis Elder Bruce Dumont.
The 2021 Métis ECE Recognition Award recipients include:
- Region 1 is Kari-Ann Barr.
Kari has more than 20 years in the ECE field teaching land-based learning with 3-5-year-old children in Victoria and Saanich.
- Region 2 is Jenine Adams.
Jenine has more than 20 years in the ECE field. She teaches family child care in Surrey and would like to teach ECE in the future.
- Region 3 is Colleen Jaycna.
Colleen has more than 20 years in the ECE field. She currently teaches strong start and is an ECE instructor in the Penticton South Okanagan.
- Region 4 is Michelle Cuthbert.
Michelle is new to the field and provides in family child care in Warfield, B.C.
- Region 5 is Jamie Hughes.
Jamie has more than 20 years in the ECE field. She does family child care in 100 Mile House.
- Region 6 is Lucie Theriot.
Lucie has more than 20 years in the ECE field. She teaches at an Aboriginal Head Start in Terrace.
- Region 7 is Shirley Salmond.
Shirley has more than 20 years in the ECE field. She teaches in Aboriginal Head Start in Ft. St. John
“A child’s first impressions, teachings and specifically early positive memories are the ones that carry them forward into their lifetime. They will draw on that without us as adults ever knowing,” says Debra Fisher, MNBC Minister of Education. “When a child has the sense of belonging it fills them, they will find their way naturally, especially if they see themselves as Métis children in what is being taught and in their surroundings. Some of this will be passed on to their own children someday and having safe, fun, and culturally appropriate memories serve us all well in the future.”