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Wood Buffalo's Indigenous graduates to be honoured in traditional ceremony

Indigenous graduates from across Wood Buffalo are being recognized in the 25th annual Traditional Celebration of Achievement on May 18, 2022, at Keyano Theatre. Image supplied by Fort McMurray Public School Division.

Schools from across Wood Buffalo will honour this year’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit graduating students.

Fort McMurray’s Public and Catholic School Divisions, and the Northland School Division will host the 25th Annual Traditional Celebration Of Achievement (TCOA).

FMPSD Superintendent Annalee Nutter calls it a “milestone” event.

“We are looking forward to coming together again to celebrate our Indigenous graduates. TCOA speaks to their diligence, dedication and drive for success.”

Nutter added FMPSD has always made Indigenous students and education a priority.

George McGuigan, FMCSD Superintendent, offered his congratulations to the region’s Indigenous graduating class.

“The Creator has a plan for you. Hear the voice and follow it. Find your passion. On behalf of the Fort McMurray Catholic Schools family, we are very proud of you.”

First held in 1998, TCOA featured 12 graduates from the Fort McMurray area.

For the 25th anniversary, the event will feature students from Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan, Fort McKay, Anzac, Janvier, and Conklin.

The 25th Traditional Celebration Of Achievement takes place May 18 at 7 p.m. at Keyano Theatre.