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May 23, 2017


THUNDER BAY, ON (May 23, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox has launched NAN’s 10th Annual Education Awareness Week with challenges for schools to enhance and promote education across NAN territory.

“This year’s theme is ‘Going Beyond’, which celebrates the efforts our schools, staff, and students can make to go above and beyond each and every day in the pursuit of education,” said Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox, who holds the education portfolio. “We have set out three specific challenges for our schools, and I am eager to see how they meet these challenges to enhance education opportunities and strengthen their communities.”

The three challenges involve students, educators and the entire school community:

1. School Challenge invites schools to share how they are going beyond the walls of their schools to broaden the educational opportunities for students, including events with Elders, art projects, or land-based activities.
2. Classroom Challenge invites the staff/classrooms to share how they are going beyond in their classrooms, as staff often find new and exciting ways to engage their students in learning beyond textbooks.
3. Student Challenge invites students to share what education means to them and how education can help them go beyond.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of category. Submissions can include essays, videos, artwork, music, or other creative forms. The deadline is May 31, 2017.

Education Awareness Week was established in 2008 to highlight the education needs across NAN territory, explore opportunities to overcome barriers to quality education programs and services, and raise awareness and the profile of education in NAN First Nations

More information for media: Tamara Piche, Communications Officer – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4906 or cell (807) 621-5549 or by email

More information for students and educators: Dobi-Dawn Frenette, Director of Education – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4969 or by email