Tacey Rabbit receives Honouring Spirit Award
Livingstone Range School Division would like to extend hearty congratulations to Tacey Rabbit, a grade 5 student at W.A. Day School, on her receipt of a 2018 Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Award. Tacey is a member of the Kainai Nation and is one of three Alberta students in the grades 4-6 category to receive the award, which is presented to First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who model strength and commitment in pursuit of their personal education path and embrace their own gifts, strengths and potential while celebrating the ways of their people.
Photo credit: Fort Macleod Gazette
Tacey was nominated for the award by her teacher, Justin Zoeteman, and received it at a special ceremony in Edmonton, accompanied by her mother and grandmother. She believes the award is about kids who work hard and learn about their culture.
“It’s important to acknowledge their hard work because culture is important, and some cultures are being lost because kids aren’t carrying it on,” says Tacey.
When she found out about winning the Honouring Spirit award, Tacey says she was surprised, and that it inspired her to do more and learn more about her culture. She believes her participation in traditional cultural activities contributed to her selection as one of the winners.
“I go to drum and dance and teach about my culture,” Tacey says. “I also participate in a lot of powwows and I go up to Edmonton to help my Grandma teach adopted children about their culture.”
Tacey acknowledges the support of her family and their contribution to her achievement.
“My Mom and Grandma came up to Edmonton with me when I received the award. They were very proud of me. My Grandpa was also very proud. My Grandma has taught me a lot about the Blackfoot language and has told me many stories. Grandma takes me to many events so that I can learn and participate.”
When Tacey finishes school, she hopes to attend a college or university to study her culture and become a doctor or an actress, and to continue to set a positive example for others.
“I hope to inspire others by them seeing that they can get the Honouring Spirit Award by doing what I’ve done,” says Tacey.
The Honouring Spirit Award is given by the Alberta School Boards Association. Each recipient’s certificate is individually created with the award logo presented in the language of their Nation or community.
More about the award: http://www.asba.ab.ca/about-asba/forms/honouring-spirit-indigenous-student-awards/
Link to a story about Tacey and photo in the Fort Macleod Gazette: http://www.fortmacleodgazette.com/2018/tacey-rabbit-receives-honouring-spirit-award/