The Frontier Family and community of Norway House Cree Nation acknowledges the unexpected passing of Ms. Daisy Monias, Area 5 Superintendent. A celebration of Daisy's life took place in her community on January 4th with family, friends and colleagues sharing many stories, tears and laughter.
Daisy was born in Norway House and raised in a simple traditional lifestyle. She learned early how to work hard, the value of community and the importance of her language and culture.
Beginning her teaching career 30 years ago, Daisy's passion was education. She worked closely with children with special needs and went on to complete her Special Education certificate and her Master's. Daisy developed programs to support all learners before eventually moving to administration, taking on the role as Area 5 Superintendent in 2018.
Daisy served her community in other roles as well, including chair of the Cree Nation's Post-Secondary Education Advisory Board, and committee member for the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women.
In 2019, the Aboriginal Circle of Educators awarded Daisy its annual award for her work in preserving the Cree language.
Cree culture was an important part of Daisy's values and a guiding force in her practice. She brought many traditions into school during her time as an administrator, from drumming to land-based education. In her own life, she honoured her heritage and was gifted with the traditional name Mikisew Mekwan (Eagle Feather).
The Frontier Family and the community of Norway House keeps Daisy's five children, six grandchildren and countless former students and colleague in our thoughts and prayers.
Kinaskomitinow, Mikisew Mekwan.