Tasha Carriere-Spillett is an educator at William Whyte Community school where she is currently teaching grade 6, 7, 8 English, Indigenous Studies and Health. She is also a ceremony woman, a sundancer and a ceremony and powwow singer. Tasha describes her first classroom as being a ceremony lodge and in acknowledgment of the teachings she carries, she makes every effort to infuse her cultural knowledge into her teaching philosophy and practice.
As an Indigenous educator, Tasha sees her unique opportunity and responsibility to help make schools and the education system as a whole, a safe and culturally appropriate learning environment for Indigenous children and their families.
In an effort to give back to the community, Tasha shares her cultural knowledge and teaching background beyond the classroom. She serves as a mentor in the Sisters Circle, which is an after-school program for Indigenous girls, that is focused on promoting cultural identity, positive self-esteem and academic success. Tasha is also a member of the Manito Ahbee Festival board of governors and in her capacity with Manito Ahbee she helps to shape the annual Education Days, which brings youth, Indigenous community leaders and cultural/spiritual knowledge keepers together to learn and share with the intent of preserving Aboriginal culture and spirituality. In addition to her work with the Manito Ahbee board of governors, Tasha is also the chair of the Miss Manito Ahbee Youth Ambassador gathering in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Tasha recently completed her Master’s degree in Land-Based Indigenous Education through the University of Saskatchewan.