Aboriginal educator fought to see every child graduate – Edmonton Journal

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Aboriginal educator fought to see every child graduate – Edmonton Journal

by ahnationtalk on January 19, 2016287 Views

January 18, 2016

Called a bulldog at times for her tenacity, Phyllis Cardinal gave more than 30 years of her life to fighting inequities in the educational system.

The longtime teacher, principal and First Nations administrator, best known as the founding principal for Edmonton’s Amiskwaciy Academy, died Jan. 16 at the age of 64 from a long-standing illness.

Amiskwaciy is a public high school near the former City Centre Airport that uses smudging and other aboriginal cultural practices to create a safe, comfortable learning environment for students at risk of not graduating. It opened in 2000 and added Grades 7 and 8 this year.

“My dad said the other day, she did things in education that people said couldn’t be done,” said Deanna Morin, her daughter.

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