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The Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council is the most Northern education body in the Northwest Territories. All eight communities and nine schools are located North of the Arctic Circle. BDDEC serves 1508 students in the region, and is responsible for 328 administrators, teachers and support staff. 

BDDEC is governed by a board of elected members. Each District Education Authority (DEA) within the BDDEC elects one representative, normally their chair, to sit on the District Education Council (DEC) board. The DEC elects a Chair (2 year term), Vice-Chair (every year) and Member at Large (every year). 

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and the Gwich’in Tribal Council appoint one member (each) to the BDDEC board and are voting members. DEA’s meet monthly. The DEC meets three times per year, including two via videoconference and one face-to-face meeting in February.

BDDEC has a strategic plan focused on improvement in Literacy, Indigenous Languages, Numeracy and Social Responsibility. The BDDEC Strategic Plan is co-created with the DEC and Senior Admin Team. BDDEC is currently developing a five year vision to ensure long term sustainable growth for the students of the Beaufort Delta.

Vision:  Capable Citizens Through Indigenized Education

Our Vision Document 2022-2027

Our Beliefs:  We believe in quality Tier I instruction that is Indigenized and relevant to our students. Tier II research based interventions can improve barrier skills for students when implemented properly. Tier III interventions should be guided by interagency support. Collaboration is more important than individual competition among professional learning communities. Our students deserve the absolute best efforts from us as an organization at all times. Strong community support will guide our on the land programs and Indigenizing education efforts.


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Beaufort Delta Superintendent Recognized for Excellence

Education in the Beaufort Delta is getting national recognition as the district superintendent has been named the winner of a national award for excellence.

Having served as superintendent of the Beaufort Delta District Education Council (BDDEC) for five years, Devin Roberts has been working to improve education outcomes in the district. That work is starting to bear some fruit — Roberts noted this year 80 per cent of BDDEC students were posting numeracy marks at or above their grade level and added that the district was awarded silver for organizational excellence in 2023 by Excellence Canada. These two improvements, as well as improvements in Canadian achievement test results, prompted the Canadian Association of School System Administrators (CASSA) to name him the 2024 NWT Territorial EXL Award winner.

"I am very honoured to have been selected for this award by my colleagues," said Roberts. "The superintendents association is made up of hard working and inspiring leaders. Therefore, to be honoured by a group of my peers is very special — something I will never forget.

"I share this award with the students and staff. Any recognition our office receives is a reflection of the great work taking place in our schools."

Roberts was nominated for the distinction by his peers with the Northwest Territories Superintendents Association.

He will be presented the award at a ceremony in Montreal in July. Along with the accolades, being named an EXL winner carries with it an honorary lifelong membership in CASSA.

Roberts said he wants to continue implementing a long-term strategic vision for the education council focused on Indigenized education and inquiry.

"I want to support the shift to the British Columbia curriculum as much as possible," he said. "Next year, we are changing in Grade 10. We have a network set up for our high school teachers in Grade 10 to be supported by a consultant from British Columbia. I want to support that network as much as possible. I will be working directly with the principals inquiry network to ensure they are up to date on curriculum changes.

"To make improvements, the vision of the district must be clear and shared. You cannot accomplish great things without everyone working together," Roberts added. "Tapping into people’s 'why' in life and values is another great motivator. For us students, staff and stakeholders all care deeply about education, so uniting with that passion for learning is key."


by Eric Bowling

Inuvik, N.W.T. superintendent gets national recognition

Devin Roberts says his recent award for excellence as a school administrator comes from having a strong team and good communication with parents and students.

Roberts, the superintendent of the Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council, will receive the N.W.T. territorial EXL award – a national award for school superintendents – during a national conference in July.

The association that nominated Roberts is comprised of every other superintendent in the N.W.T.

"It's really nice because it comes from all my colleagues and peers I work well with, they're all hard working and great leaders. I learn a lot from the group," Roberts said.

During that conference, all territorial and provincial award winners will be eligible to receive a national award in excellence.

The education council released a series of books in local Indigenous languages this year and are working with publishers to bring local elders' stories to a younger audience with graphic novels.

Krista Cudmore, the vice-superintendent of the Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council, was one of the nominators to get Roberts the recognition.

Cudmore said Roberts has been working with the students to get their input.

"I think he's had a good response when he has been in the schools," Cudmore said.

"I know that he has started a youth forum with students so when he travels to our communities he makes an effort to meet with these students as well."

Cudmore said that when Roberts is working in an outlying community he makes sure to keep contact with local leadership and holds meetings with staff and students.

"I know that he has put a big effort into trying to recognize the successes of the schools, regionally and also when he goes into each of the communities to make sure that each of their successes is acknowledged," said Cudmore.

Roberts said he wasn't expecting the nomination.

"I was surprised they nominated me and I was really humbled," he said.

Roberts thanks his whole team on the council for their hard work and dedication to the vision they share.

"It's an individual award but you don't accomplish it without a great team, so we have a great senior leadership team, and BDDEC consultants, as well as principals that work really hard," Roberts said.

"Of course what it's about is the students and the teachers and everyone in the schools who work really hard, so I share this award with everyone who is connected with BDDEC and the BDDEC family."

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Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council - 2023 Silver Recipient Organizational Excellence

Recipient Profile
Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council
2023 Silver Recipient
Organizational Excellence®

In 2022, BDDEC partnered with Excellence Canada to improve its services to the eight communities it serves in the Beaufort Delta region of the NWT. Our coach, Catherine Neville, conducted interviews with employees, parents/guardians and stakeholders. BDDEC senior leadership promoted the Excellence Canada initiative circulating a letter and text messaging parents/guardians.

Further engagement with BDDEC senior leadership, former superintendent and a graduate student was hosted to ensure a wide variety of feedback was generated, which helped us identify areas of growth for BDDEC. Major changes included the BDDEC Risk Assessment Plan, a new draft EDI policy and this written submission for an Excellence Canada verification. The development of the BDDEC strategic plan also took into consideration feedback from stakeholders.

Under the advisement of Excellence Canada and the feedback provided by community engagement, BDDEC continues to grow and learn as an organization. BDDEC now has a long-term vision for the district which can be found online at: https://schools.bd-dec.ca/vision27/


(top) Graduation ceremony at East Three Secondary School in Inuvik NWT. (bottom) School camp next to Chief Paul Nitdichie School in Tsiigehtchic.

Students in Inuvik, N.W.T., schooled in local land claims

'It's a living document — they should learn what it's all about,' says Inuvialuit elder Gerry Kisoun

Students at Inuvik's East Three Secondary School learned from local experts about land claims. (Dez Loreen/CBC)

A new program in Inuvik, N.W.T., is teaching students about local land claims.

A social studies class at the East Three Secondary School was the first to take the program.

Diane Baxter, the Gwich'in Tribal Council's senior implementation adviser, and Inuvialuit elder Gerry Kisoun were invited to the class to speak with the students.

Baxter spoke about the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement. Kisoun was able to talk with the class about the Inuvialuit Final Agreement.

"Making it relevant for the students was really important," said social studies teacher Ethan Lavoie.

Lavoie explained the students were able to make their own set of questions for each visitor to ask about the two local land claims.

Kisoun said he is passionate about the Inuvialuit Final Agreement.

"Their parents, their grandparents, their great-grandparents were some of those that sat at that table to help negotiate it," said Kisoun.

"I think it's very important for those students to understand and get better knowledge of what that land claim is. It's a living document — they should learn what it's all about."

The school says the program came from a public suggestion to learn about the local land claims.

Cole Fiedler works for the Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council.

"One of the calls to action they had for us as a school board was to learn about the local land claims," said Fiedler.

"They wanted it outside of just the Northern Studies class."

Work began to create the program. Steve Dagar, Lavoie and Fiedler reached out to the community to find their local experts and build the framework for what the students would learn.

"We did a bunch of background research with the students on our own," said Fiedler.

The students prepared for the visits by learning about local politics like the Berger Inquiry and history of the region.



"That local contact is what they connect to and what's actually important to them," said Fiedler.

"They are hearing from people that either have studied this for the majority of their life and had personal stake in it, like Diane, or primary sources that were actually around when the land claim was signed, like Gerry Kisoun."

The program will be brought back to the next semester's social studies class.


Dez Loreen

Dez Loreen is a reporter with CBC North in Inuvik.

Excellence Canada Announces the 2023 Canada Awards for Excellence Recipients

TORONTO, October 25th, 2023

Excellence Canada is pleased to announce it will be celebrating the 39th anniversary of the Canada Awards for Excellence on November 17th. This year, 12 awards will be presented to outstanding Canadian organizations in recognition of their commitment to continual improvement and pursuit of excellence. Award categories include: Organizational Excellence, Excellence, Innovation & Wellness®; Healthy Workplace®; and Mental Health at Work®.

Excellence Canada’s mission is to help organizations in all sectors become the best-in-class by implementing standards of excellence. Excellence Canada is a not-for-profit organization that certifies and recognizes organizations that embody these attributes: they are innovative, customer-focused, competitive, financially and environmentally sustainable, are good corporate citizens, actively pursue strategies to improve the mental and physical health and wellbeing of their employees, and they create a healthy workplace culture that attracts and retains the best people.

The Canada Awards for Excellence is an annual awards program established in 1984 that recognizes outstanding achievements by organizations in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors coast-to-coast across Canada.

Shirlee Sharkey, Chair of Excellence Canada, said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors of Excellence Canada, I am very pleased to present the Canada Awards for Excellence to this year’s award recipients. I would like to extend congratulations to all of these organizations that have met the rigorous standards and requirements through the Canada Awards for Excellence program. You are all truly role-models of excellence.”

Allan Ebedes, President and CEO of Excellence Canada, remarked, “Over the past 39 years we have recognized more than 690 outstanding organizations in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors that have met the highest standards for quality, excellence, innovation, and healthy workplaces. This year we are delighted to be presenting the coveted Canada Awards for Excellence to 12 excellent organizations. We are also honoured to be presenting the Board of Governors’ Special Recognition of Achievement Awards to three distinguished Canadians: Ajay K. Agrawal, David R. Beatty, and Dr. Samir K. Sinha.”

The awards will be presented at the 2023 Performance Excellence Summit and Canada Awards for Excellence on Friday, November 17th. For complete event details and registration, please visit


For further information, contact:
Allan Ebedes, President and CEO, Excellence Canada, Tel: 416-251-7600, ext. 230

Recipients of the 39th Canada Awards for Excellence, 2023


This award is based on Excellence Canada’s Excellence, Innovation and Wellness® Standard which was developed by Excellence Canada in association with its partners and professionals from across Canada.

Silver Award Recipients
▪ Garantie de construction résidentielle (GCR) – Montréal, Québec
▪ Greenfield Global Quebec Inc. – Varennes, Québec
▪ Logistik Unicorp Inc. – Saint-Jean-sur Richelieu, Québec
▪ Quebec Metallurgy Center – Cégep de Trois-Rivières, Québec


The Excellence Canada Healthy Workplace® Standard was developed in partnership with Health Canada and in association with professionals from the health and wellness sectors.

Platinum Recipient

Gold Award Recipient
▪ Ricoh Canada Inc. – Mississauga, Ontario

Silver Award Recipient
▪ Peel Regional Police – Mississauga, Ontario


This award is based on Excellence Canada’s – Mental Health at Work® framework. The Mental Health at Work® framework was developed by Excellence Canada in association with mental health and work safety professionals from across Canada, and the requirements incorporate principles and practices as outlined in the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Gold Award Recipient
▪ Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit – Brockville, Ontario

Silver Award Recipient
▪ Across Boundaries: An Ethnoracial Mental Health Centre – Toronto, Ontario


This award is based on Excellence Canada’s Organizational Excellence Standard which was developed by Excellence Canada in association with its partners and professionals from across Canada. It is a robust yet flexible framework that uses a data-driven assessment to find gaps and opportunities for continual improvement in all private and public sector organizations, businesses, and institutions. Through Organizational Excellence Standard implementation and certification, organizations will adopt best practices for sustained excellence and peak performance.

Order of Excellence Recipient
▪ SE Health – Markham, Ontario

Platinum Award–Recipient
▪ Enterprise Technology Strategy, Government Information Technology Ontario (GovTechON), Ministry of Public & Business Service Delivery – Toronto, Ontario

Gold Award Recipient
▪ Students and Enrolment Division, Carleton University – Ottawa, Ontario

Silver Award Recipient
▪ Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council – Inuvik, Northwest Territories


From time-to-time, the Excellence Canada Board of Governors recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to Canadian society and/or the global human condition. Past Award recipients have included Dr. David Suzuki, former Prime Minister The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Lt.-General The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, The Honourable Flora MacDonald, Sir Richard Branson, Mr. Rick Hansen, Ms. Margaret Trudeau, Rick Mercer, Bianca Andreescu and Mr. Chris Hadfield.

This year, in keeping with the Summit theme “Moving Forward with Excellence”, the Board of Governors is presenting the Special Recognition of Achievement Award to:

• Ajay K. Agrawal, Geoffrey Taber Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and NBER, in recognition of groundbreaking work in Artificial Intelligence and distinguished service at the Rotman School of Management and the Creative Destruction Lab.

• David R. Beatty, C.M., O.B.E., F.ICD, CFA, Founding Director, The David & Sharon Johnston Centre for Corporate Governance Innovation, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, in recognition of lifelong commitment to advancing Corporate Governance Innovation and fostering education at the Rotman School of Management.

• Dr. Samir K. Sinha, MD, DPhil, FRCPC, AGSF, Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Geriatrics and Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health and the University Health Network, Professor of Medicine, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto and Adjunct Professor of Medicine Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in recognition of exceptional research and work on developing


Excellence Canada gratefully acknowledges the support of the following organizations that have helped make this year’s events possible.

Industry Sponsors Cocktail Reception Sponsor
Across Boundaries

Carleton University

The Inclusion Project

The Regional Municipality of Durham

The Regional Municipality of York

SE Health

SparkPower Corporation

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care

CEO Global Network








Networking Break Sponsor Media Sponsor
Wajax Corporation Globe and Mail

About Excellence Canada

Excellence Canada is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that is committed to advancing organizational excellence across Canada. Since 1992, Excellence Canada has helped thousands of organizations become cultures of continuous quality improvement and world-class role models, through its Excellence, Innovation and Wellness® Standard and its four-level progressive methodology.

As a national authority on Quality, Healthy Workplace®, and Mental Health at Work™, Excellence Canada provides excellence frameworks, standards, and independent verification and certification to organizations of all sizes and in all sectors. It is also the custodian and adjudicator of the Canada Awards for Excellence program.

For more information, please contact us:

Excellence Canada
Russ Gahan, Vice President, Operations
Email: Russ@excellence.ca
O: 416.251.7600 x 249
M: 416.888.3463

Beaufort Delta to offer prizes to boost school attendance

The Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council will soon be offering students prizes ranging from school supplies and gift cards to a trip to Inuvik to go swimming at the Midnight Sun Complex. The new program is a partnership with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation.