Aboriginal Achievement Award Recipients Announced

Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 15:12



A University of Saskatchewan professor will be honoured at the 2008 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards.


Dr. Marie Ann Battiste is one of 14 Aboriginal citizens from across the country that will be centre stage at the March 7th awards ceremony in Toronto.


Former Northwest Territories premier Joe Handley, a Metis from the Meadow Lake area, is also among the award recipients.


Handley is being called “a man of the people”, who “shifts effortlessly from meetings with Prime Ministers and Premiers to local dances in small communities”.


Battiste is considered a leader in the push for Indigenous education, both nationally and internationally.


She is a senior professor at the College of Education at the U of S, and the director of the university’s Aboriginal Educational Research Centre.


Battiste is also the co-director of the Aboriginal Learning and Knowledge Centre.


Former NHLer Reggie Leach is also among the list of award recipients.


A taped broadcast of the ceremony will be televised on Global TV and APTN.