By Sulz, Dave on February 7, 2020.
Tawnya Plain Eagle
EDITOR, PIIKANI NATION NEWS
The Peigan Board of Education (PBOE) launched its inaugural Poster Campaign last week.
The purpose of this campaign is to recognize individuals from the Piikani Nation who have served the community with distinction.
“We wanted to honour individuals who have made their mark in the world,” committee member Maurice Many Fingers said.
The event took place at the traditional powwow celebration on Jan. 30 at the Piikani Nation Secondary School Gymnasium.
These Piikani Nation members are individuals the elementary and high school students can look to as role models who have paved the way for the future success of current and future students.
The poster campaign is to recognize, acknowledge and support these individuals to continue to encourage the great work they do.
“This is an opportunity for those recognized individuals to feel accomplished,” Many Fingers said.
Each honouree was presented with a framed poster during the PBOE traditional powwow. Following the presentation, the honoured guests were also acknowledged with an honour dance.
“Part of the challenge is that some of our students don’t really know the accomplishments of their fellow community members. This is an opportunity to inspire the students to follow suit,” said Many Fingers.
Posters will be distributed in the PBOE Schools and classrooms for all students to view.
Many Fingers said that each year the list will grow to continue honouring other Piikani members who are role models to the community.
The process of selection was done by a vote of all staff and board members from the Peigan Board of Education in 2019.
Following is the list of honourees that the Peigan Board of Education will recognize as outstanding individuals who have inspired the youth as members of the Piikani First Nation:
– (late) Barnaby Provost
– Karen Crowshoe
– Cowboy Smithx
– Tyrone Potts Jr.
– (late) Brings Down The Sun
– Colton Yellow Horn
– Shirlee Crowshoe
– Rachel Strikes With A Gun
– Herman Many Guns
– Macyn Morning Bull