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Indigenous education authority, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, recognized for its innovative approach to learning.


OTTAWA, ON (May 20, 2021) —The Mi’kmaw education authority in Nova Scotia is one of six recipients from across Canada to win the prestigious Governor General’s Innovation Award. Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey is recognized for their ground-breaking work and excellence in innovation as it pertains to elementary-secondary education.

Since 2018, Sprig Learning and Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey have worked in partnership to design and develop innovative education technology resources for Mi’kmaw students, teachers, and families across Nova Scotia.  Together, they have developed an award-winning language learning app, been recognized internationally by Apple for its innovation to revitalize Indigenous language and culture; and now winners of this prestigious award in 2021.

“We are so thrilled to see Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey recognized as innovative trailblazers in this country,” says Jarrett Laughlin, Chief Executive Officer of Sprig Learning. “As an organization, they are constantly looking for opportunities to improve the learning environment for their students.  This has resulted in student success rates that are among the best in the country.”  

Language and culture have always been a big part of innovation for Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey. 

“Language is the foundation of any culture. For Mi’kmaw, our language holds the stories, songs, dances, protocols, family histories and connections,” says Blaire Gould, Executive Director at Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey.  We always seek to find innovative ways to develop speakers, both young and old.“

The innovation partnership continues in 2021! Sprig Learning and Mi’kmaw Kina’matneway are developing a series of animated shorts. The videos share Mi’kmaw stories and traditions and will be available in both English and Mi’kmaw languages. The partners are also set to release an interactive iOS math app geared to help young learners develop foundational early math skills.  In 2022, expect to see a new augmented reality app that supports students to learn Mi’kmaw and develop early literacy skills.

A virtual event celebrating the 2021 GGIA Laureates will take place on May 20, 2021 during Canadian Innovation Week.  To register for this virtual event follow this link.


About Sprig Learning

Sprig Learning is a purpose-built education technology company that believes all children should have what matters most: a fair shot at success. Sprig Learning provides early learners, educators and parents with the tools and resources needed to build a foundation for lifelong learning—both at home and in school. Sprig Learning’s unique approach to assessment and learning considers each child’s entire learning environment—their home, school, and community. Our early years programs uncover new insights into students’ strengths, challenges, and interests which personalize a learning pathway for each and every learner. Winner of best Language Learning App, Sprig Learning is becoming known as a leader in early years programming.


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