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Tacey Rabbit receives Honouring Spirit award

From left: Leanne Feller, Chiyoko Kensley, Irma Small Legs, Tacey Rabbit, Karen Sparkes, Sandra Lamouche, Justin Zoeteman, Richard Feller and Dave Fender.

Tacey Rabbit was awarded with the Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Award on Friday during W.A. Day school’s Leadership Day.
The Honouring Spirit award recognizes First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) students who model strength and commitment in pursuit of their education, while embracing and celebrating their heritage.
The recipient of the award must show perseverance in pursuit of their goals, maintain a healthy attitude, embrace their cultural identity, model leadership through their culture as well as respect and empower other students.
Tacey was nominated by Justin Zoeteman, a Grade 5 teacher at W.A. Day school.
Tacey is a member of the Kainai Nation and is part of the FNMI drum and dance club at W.A. Day school.
Tacey has previously been awarded W.A. Day’s princess crown for her strong dancing skills in her drum and dance group as well as her cultural awareness.
“I feel like Tacey embodies all this award’s parameters,” Zoeteman said. “Tacey holds a wealth of knowledge about her culture and shows a tremendous amount of resilience to continue to have such a positive outlook through the adversity that she has faced.”
“Tacey has the privilege of learning the Blackfoot language from elders in the Kainai Nation. Tacey is recognized by the elders as Kipitaipooka which means raised by grandparents. Tacey was given the name because she possesses patience, respect and a great understanding of the protocols that are unique to her people.”
Livingstone Range School Division, W.A. Day school staff and students, Tacey’s family and people from the Kainai Nation are all extremely proud of Tacey for earning the Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Award for her age group in the south zone of Alberta.
Tacey will go to Edmonton on May 12 to Government House to receive the award.

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