Fourteen receive recognition in the 17th Annual Aboriginal Achievement Awards
Environment & Natural Resources: Iriquiox Six Nation's, Danny Beaton is a traditional lands preservationist who's worked and defended with the people from the amazon rainforest, Northern Cree, Inuit; winning the Governor General's Medal in 1992, for his outstanding contributions to his fellow Canadians.
Health: Kehewin nation's, Madeline Dion Stout BN, MA & PhD is a leader in first nations health serving on several boards and committees, won the Canadian Nurses Association Centennial Award in 2008 and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of British Columbia.
Law & Justice: Kawacatoose nation, Donald Worme is a founding member of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada, chief council to the residential schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a criminal and treaty litigation lawyer.
Media & Communications: Kanawake nation's, Kenneth Atsenhaienton is the publisher & editor of The Eastern Door, Chair of the U.N. Workshop on Indigenous Media, participating in the U.N. Working Groups on Indigenous Populations and has also been a high school principal, school councilor and political activist.
Politics: Cross Lake Cree Nation's, Hon. Eric William Robinson is the Deputy Premier and Minister for the Dept. of Indian and Northern Affairs in the province of Manitoba. He is also the author of the book Infested Blankets: Canada's Constitution – Genocide of Indian Nations.
Public Service: Algonquin nation's Edith Cloutier has been the executive director of the Val-d'Or Friendship Center for 20 years and the first Chair of the UQAT Board of Directors, President of the RCAAQ & Knight in the National Order of Quebec.
Sports: Langley BC's, Monica Pinnette is a pentathlete (shooting, fencing, swimming, show jumping & cross-country running) who is the only aboriginal athlete to compete in both Athens 2004 and 2008's Beijing Games. She also holds a Silver Medal in the 2007 Pan Am Games.
Technology & Trade: Ojibwey/Aamjiwnaang nation's, Doug Henry is president and owner of NATSCO Ltd. & NATSCO Mechanical Contractors Inc offering employment to his and surrounding communities. A true industry leader, he emphasizes aboriginal values in the workplace as well as a leader and winner of health & safety awards
Further information on educational bursary & scholarship opportunities, award nomination process & nomination form, award recipients and their contributions to the aboriginal community, can be found at the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation's website: www.naaf.ca
National Aboriginal Awards Foundation
PO Box 759, 2160 Fourth Line
Ohsweken, Ontario N0A 1M0
1-800-329-9780: ext. 020