Yúya’ainux̌v Anita Hall

Recipient
Bella Bella, British Columbia

Anita, a member of the Haíɫzaqv Nation, believes wholeheartedly in the ability of those around her to succeed. As the Elementary Principal at Bella Bella Community School, she has created a place where students feel safe and included. Anita exemplifies what a decolonial and community-rooted approach to education can look like. Through her vision, students thrive both academically and personally. Under her leadership, in spite of the challenges COVID presented, Anita has shaped a school community to which Bella Bella youth want to belong. Anita also serves as the Director for the Heiltsuk Emergency Operations Centre, and volunteers her time on local boards including, Heiltsuk Káxlá Society, and Kunsoot Wellness Society, who are working towards the opening of a collaborative, land-based healing centre for the Haíɫzaqv Nation. As an educator, an advocate, a volunteer and a leader, Anita is a powerful force for positive change.