From Canada’s Great North to Chile: An Inspiring Visit by the winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2017

While 8800 km away from Canada, the Canadian Embassy in Chile had the great privilege of celebrating Canada's National Aboriginal Day on June 22nd, with Maggie MacDonnell - winner of the Global Teacher Prize, akin to the Nobel Prize for Education - Luisa Papigatuk and Cynthia Gaudreau, two young representatives from the Inuit people.

Maggie, Luisa and Cynthia offered a deeply touching testimonial on the challenges faced by the Inuits but also demonstrated how deeply committed educators can have a positive impact in the development of their community in Northern Québec.

Invited by Elige Educar, a Chilean foundation that promotes teaching excellence, Maggie, Louisa and Cynthia had a full week program that included amongst other elements, a meeting with a Mapuche community in the south of Chile, as well as an hour long meeting with President Michelle Bachelet.

The Canadian Embassy in Chile staff and the three Canadian guests

Maggie MacDonnell and Chile’s president Michelle Bachelet

Ambassador Marcel Lebleu and Elige Educar representatives attended the presidential palace’s meeting