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The SSDEC is immensely proud of the work that has been done in the South Slav​e. Staff, DEAs and Council members do an incredible job and deserve to be recognized for their success. Administrators deserve credit for having courage and taking risks in order to ensure a better lot for staff and students. Teachers, parents and students should see these awards and honours as a testament to their hard work.

In recent years, twenty-five (about 1/5) of the South Slave educators have been recognized nationally and territorially, including:

  • A Polar Medal

  • Two Canadian Superintendent of the Year (CASSA) awards.

  • Five Canada’s Outstanding Principals (Learning Partnership).

  • A Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

  • Four Premier’s Awards of Excellence.

  • Numerous inductions into the Minister’s NWT Education Hall of Fame.

  • Three Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.

  • Two Indspire awards.

National Awards

  • Indspire Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Awards - Organization Award

    • For outstanding achievements in educating Indigenous students (Indspire).

  • Canadian Innovators in Education Award - Third - 2015

    • For leading lasting and system-changing initiatives (Canadian Education Association [CEA] and Reader’s Digest Canada).

  • Public Sector Leadership Award - Gold - 2014

    • For innovation and excellence in the public sector (Institute of Public Administration of Canada [IPAC] and Deloitte)​.​


Territorial Awards

  • Premier’s Award for Collaboration 2015

    • Won by the SSDEC and the Elders of Łutsel K’e for their work on the beautiful Łutsel K’e Chipewyan Dictionary.

  • NWT Ministerial Literacy Award 2015

    • Won by the SSDEC for growth and improvement in literacy and numeracy.

  • Ministerial Literacy Award 2014

    • Won by Deninu School students and staff for their efforts to revitalize the Chipewyan language in the school and community.

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