Recipients Acknowledged in the House of Commons
Gala Awards Show Friday, March 21, 2014
Oct. 29, 2013
/CNW/ - Indspire announced the 14 outstanding Indigenous Canadians who have been selected as the recipients of the 2014
and who were acknowledged in the House of Commons today. The Hon.
, Speaker of the House of Commons acknowledged the names of the award recipients after Question Period and hosted a reception in their honour immediately after.
The 2014 Indspire Award recipients are:
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: James Eetoolook, Inuit, NU
ARTS: Kent Monkman, First Nation: Cree, MB
BUSINESS & COMMERCE: Dr. Marie Yvonne Delorme, Métis, AB
CULTURE, HERITAGE & SPIRITUALITY: Maggie Paul, First Nation: St. Mary's First Nation, NB
EDUCATION: Rita Bouvier, Métis, SK
ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES: Charlie Snowshoe, Gwich'in First Nation, NT
HEALTH: Evan Adams, Sliammon First Nation, BC
LAW & JUSTICE: Marion Meadmore, Peepeekisis First Nation, SK
POLITICS: Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, First Nation: Penticton Indian Band, BC
PUBLIC SERVICE: Robert Watts, First Nation: Six Nations of the Grand River, ON
SPORTS: Mary Spencer, First Nations: Chippewas of Nawash, Ontario
YOUTH - FIRST NATION: John Nicholas Jeddore , Miawpukek First Nation, NL
YOUTH - INUIT: Sarah Arngna'naaq, Inuit, NU
YOUTH - MÉTIS: Christie Lavallée, Métis, MB
"Our award recipients are the outstanding leaders in their fields, having made extraordinary contributions to their communities and to
, President and CEO of
"We honour their accomplishments so those following in their footsteps will be inspired to fulfill their own great potential. The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates the summit of achievement amongst Indigenous peoples, and by recognizing the early achievements of successful First Nation, Inuit and Métis youth we are inspiring their peers to reach for the stars."
national gala will be held on
Friday, March 21, 2014
at the Centennial Concert Hall in
. Global Television and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) are the returning exclusive broadcast partners, airing the gala ceremony at a later date. For tickets, please call 416.987.0250 or 1.855.INDSPIRE (463.7747) x228. Tickets can also be purchased online at
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This year's Awards gala is being presented by CIBC.
, President and Chief Executive Officer stated "CIBC is proud to return as presenting sponsor of the Indspire Awards to celebrate the extraordinary talent and achievement of the recipients: artists, entrepreneurs, legal and political champions, teachers, athletes, environmental guardians and cultural proponents. These individuals reflect the broad range of skills and innovation in Indigenous communities across
. The Indspire Awards shine a national spotlight on the success and contributions of our country's Indigenous peoples, and we join with all Canadians in congratulating this year's recipients."
Formerly called the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, the
have celebrated the significant contributions of Indigenous people in
for 21 years. The
are aligned with Indspire's mandate to provide educational support and programs for future generations to succeed.
promote self-esteem and pride for the Indigenous community and provide outstanding role models for Indigenous youth. They recognize the success of individuals who have the discipline, drive and determination to set high standards and accomplish their goals.
The national jury for the
is comprised of previous recipients, who represent a range of economic sectors, fields of endeavor and regions across the country. From hundreds of nominations the jury selected 10 career achievement award recipients, three youth award recipients (First Nation, Inuit and Métis) and one lifetime achievement award. Recipients are selected through a jury process that is based on the highest merits of fairness, honesty and respect to all of the highly-deserving nominees.
Indspire Awards 2014 supporters include:
PRESENTING CORPORATE SPONSOR: CIBC
LEAD PARTNER: Government of Canada
REGIONAL PARTNER: Government of Manitoba
MAJOR SPONSORS: Shaw Media, APTN, Suncor Energy, Syncrude Canada Ltd., Fort McKay Group of Companies, Frog Lake Energy Resources Corp., Air Canada
PRE-GALA RECEPTION HOST SPONSOR: Shell Canada Limited
PARTICIPATING SPONSOR: Tuccaro Inc. Group of Companies
GOVERNMENT SUPPORTERS: Government of the Northwest Territories, City of Winnipeg
SUPPORTING SPONSORS: Britco, Willbros Canada
OFFICIAL HOTEL IN WINNIPEG: The Fairmont Winnipeg
2014 Indspire Award Recipient Biographies:
For over 45 years,
has dedicated his professional life to serving the people of his home community of
. His numerous efforts have provided inspiration and service to other Indigenous people across the north and throughout
. Eetoolook was very involved in the negotiation of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement that reshaped
when he served as president of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association. In his current position as Vice-President of the
Tunngavik Inc., he works diligently to protect Inuit culture and heritage to ensure that the rights of all Inuit people are safeguarded. He has recently focused his work on championing issues of vital importance to Inuit people, specifically the environment and wildlife. In this capacity, he is the currently the Chair of the Inuit Wildlife and Environment Council.
First Nation: Fisher River Cree Nation
is one of
pre-eminent contemporary artists. He works in a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance and installation and has had solo and group exhibitions at museums in
and around the world. Monkman's award-winning short film and video works have been screened at various national and international festivals including the
International Film Festival and the
International Film Festival. Much of his work has been represented in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of
, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Museum London, The Glenbow Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, The Mackenzie Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of
, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. He was featured with many prominent Indigenous achievers on the popular CBC series 8
Fire in 2012.
Business & Commerce
Dr. Marie Yvonne Delorme
In 1999, after many years in the telecommunications industry, Dr.
left to pursue her dream of entrepreneurialism. She founded the Imagination Group of Companies, including Nation Imagination - The Aboriginal Gifting Company, the first Indigenous owned entity to franchise its operation nationally. The Group's national consulting practice engages with Indigenous communities, governments, corporations, and educational institutions. Dr. Delorme has received numerous awards including the Métis Nation of Alberta Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, the Alberta Centennial Medal, and the
University of Calgary
Award. She is Vice-Chair of the
University Board of Governors, serves on the RCMP Foundation Board, and is an advisor to two Universities. Dr. Delorme holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Business Administration from Queen's University, and a PhD from the
University of Calgary
. Her research focuses on inter-cultural leadership.
Culture, Heritage & Spirituality
First Nation: Passamaquoddy, St. Mary's First Nation
has been a sweat lodge keeper for more than 15 years. As a gifted singer, she uses song throughout the ceremonies and as a way to mentor young people who are looking to find their voice. She had made two CDs that have captured the traditional songs of the Passamaquoddy and Maliseet people. Paul's contribution and dedication to song has inspired a new generation of singers to maintain their culture. A true inspiration to people through song, Paul is also an invaluable supporter to those in her community who are struggling. As a strong believer in keeping people's traditions alive like she has done on the east coast, she has travelled to
to share and learn from their cultures.
A committed lifelong learner,
has served various roles in the education field. She has helped in the development of the Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre and worked with the
Teacher's Federation, as well as with the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program of the Gabriel Dumont Institute. Bouvier is also an established poet as well as a freelance writer who has published two books, is completing her third and has co-authored a book on education. Her community involvement includes work with the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writer's Circle, a member of Iskwewuk E-wichiwitochik - Women Working together, Education International, among others. Her most recent and influential work has been her part with the Joint Task Force on Improving Educations and Employment Outcomes for the First Nations and Métis People, called
Voice, Vision, and Leadership: A Place for All.
Environment & Natural Rescources
First Nations: Teetl'it Gwich'in First Nation
As an influential leader, Charlie Snowshoe has worked tirelessly to keep the lands protected for future generations and has spent the better part of his life dealing with environmental issues. He is currently fighting for the Peel River Watershed which he believes should not be mined and kept preserved. The Peel River lies in front of Snowshoe's home town
Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories
. He has spent many years out on the land and river from where he would harvest fish, moose, beaver and muskrats. Snowshoe has received numerous awards for his work including the Commemorative medal for the 125
Anniversary of the Confederation of
in 1992, the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award in Environmental Impact Assessment for Western and Northern Canada Affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment, and in 2008 the Gwich'in Achievement Award for Land and Environment.
Dr. Evan Tlesla II Adams
First Nation: Sliammon First Nation
Dr. Evan Tlesla II Adams is currently the Deputy Provincial Health Officer with responsibility for Indigenous health for the province of
. In this role since 2012, Adams works to support the development and operations of the First Nations Health Authority as well as reporting on the health of Indigenous people in the province. He is the past President of the Indigenous Physicians' Association of
and former Director of the Division of Aboriginal Peoples' Health, UBC Department of Family Practice. Adams was the recipient of the 2005 Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award from the College of Family Physicians of
(CFPC) and the 2005 national winner of the
Award from the CFPC Research and Education Foundation. Also an established actor, Adams has received multiple awards for acting and has been a part of numerous television shows and movies, including the Emmy winning TV-movie "Lost in the Barrens."
Law & Justice
First Nation: Peepeekisis First Nation
Believing that the time is now for Indigenous people in terms of their strengths, beliefs, and rights,
has been working towards this for many years. Meadmore was a founder of a number of organizations throughout
. Between 1954 and 1968, she founded and helped develop five organizations that continue to evolve and develop today. In 1978, she earned her law degree and became the first Indigenous woman to be called to the bar in
. As a lawyer, she helped to establish the Canadian Indian Lawyer Association, now the Indigenous Bar Association. In 1985, Meadmore was awarded the Order of
. Her work continued as a lawyer and consultant, taking her across
. Since 2011, she has been actively involved on the National Council of Indigenous Elders for the Creation of Wealth Forum.
Grand Chief Stewart Philip
First Nation: Penticton Indian Band
is currently serving his fifth three-year term as President of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs. Prior to this, he was Chief of the Penticton Indian Band for 14 years and councillor for 10 years before becoming Chief. During his Presidency at the UBCIC, membership has tripled. He was instrumental in the formation of the Tsawwassen Accord to bring together BC First Nations leadership in working together. He is the founder of the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program British Columbia in partnership with the provincial government. As a role model himself, Grand Chief Philip has been involved with his community his entire life and openly shares his stories and struggles to help others. He was acknowledged by the Okanagan Nation for his lifetime commitment to the defense of Indigenous Peoples' Title and Rights by bestowing on him and his family the rare honour of the title of Grand Chief.
First Nation: Six Nations of the Grand River
A graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government,
, and fellow at the Harvard Law School,
has been involved in Indigenous issues for more than 30 years. Currently, he is an adjunct professor and fellow at
in the School of Policy Studies, works on the Nuclear Waste Management Organization's sitting process, and is a member of the Leadership Council to
Institute for the Study of International Development Relations. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and past Interim Executive Director of the
Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He has taught, debated and lectured at a number of universities in
the United States
and at the Canada School of Public Service.
First Nations: Chippewas of Nawash First Nation
is a boxer who currently competes as a 75 kilogram middleweight. She has won three World Championships, five
Games gold medals, and eight Canadian Championships. She began serious boxing training in 2002. Women's boxing was part of the Olympic Games for the first time in
in 2012 in which she competed. She was named 'one to watch' in The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity's Most Influential Women list and is a Member of Motivate Canada's GEN 7 Aboriginal role model initiative. She was also chosen as a CoverGirl model for 2012.
Youth - First Nation
John Nicholas Jeddore
First Nations: Miawpukek First Nation
As a guide, photographer and cultural liaison with the Mi'Kmaq Discovery Centre,
John Nicholas Jeddore
aims to promote and preserve Mi'kmaq culture. He became a guest curator for a large Aboriginal exhibition opening in 2013 at the The Rooms Museum in
and wrote a monthly column called "Traditional Voices." For the past year, he has participated in
Aboriginal Health Initiative Program to work with elders on traditional lands and learn about ceremony and medicines. He is an advocate of Indigenous student rights at the national level where he sits as a Provincial Aboriginal Student Representative on the Canadian Federation of Student's
& Labrador Executive. Graduating in 2012 from
with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Bio-Chemistry, he is now in his first of Medical School.
Youth - Inuit
Sarah Arngna'naaq completed her Juris Doctor at the
University of Victoria
in 2012, is currently articling with the Department of Justice for the Government of the
, and was called to the Bar In September of 2013. During her studies, she completed two internships abroad, one in
and the second in
Wellington, New Zealand
. When she was a law student, she also worked at the Law Centre run through the University. She has always had a passion for law, and more specifically, for laws of the Inuit people. To date, much of her work has been in the development of new laws and regulations for
as a separate territory.
Youth - Métis
Diagnosed with a brain tumor at three and a half years old, surgery and 14 months of chemotherapy left Christie Lavallée with a lifelong visual disability. That has never set her back, and at 18 she is an honour roll student, a Canadian National 3D Indoor Archery Champion who is ranked #1 in
in the Women's Junior Compound, and Youth Coordinator at the St. Ambroise Manitoba Métis Federation Youth Centre in her community. Recently, she has taken on the task of studying science at University with a goal of becoming a pediatric oncologist. As a cancer survivor, she continues to give back and has led the Annual Terry Fox Run at
school since 2001. She is also a traditional Métis square dancer performing regularly throughout
and is also a traditional hunter.