Deh Cho Region
Bertha works at the Trout Lake Health Centre serving all the members of her community with diligence and compassion.
She taught and now substitutes at the local school and is very watchful for the welfare of all its residents. She is very open with any issue that is brought to her and sets an example of perseverance, resilience, and focus that is truly inspiring. Bertha is a woman passionately engaged in life, and a benefit to all of those around her. One way to describe Bertha would be “modeling by doing”.
Julie is a traditional woman who takes the time to help others in the community by sharing the culture and stories of her ancestors. She sews and tans hides, and shows others how certain seasons are important for hunting. She shares her knowledge with young mothers and children at the local school. She was a band member of the Tulita Justice Committee due to her concern about the youth in her community. She is an active Elder who speaks North Slavey fluently. Julie is very modest, humble, and is always willing to help anyone in any way that she can.
Dora E. Cardinal
South Slave Region
Dora fundraised for her church by selling winter mitts, moccasins, and other traditionally made clothing. She translated all the hymn books into the Chipewyan language, and took on a two-year project of translating a dictionary. She also taught Chipewyan in the local school for numerous years, and was the first person to do so. She has inspired many books and programs to be written in Chipewyan. Dora raised her seven children on her own and encouraged women to stand up for themselves. She sets an example for the rest of us to follow in her footsteps. Dora believes that if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything.
North Slave Region
Sue contributed to the betterment of lives of women in Yellowknife and the NWT through her involvement with many organizations that work to advance women’s status in the
territories, such as the Native Women’s Association, Status of Women Council of the NWT and the Deh Cho Women’s Group.
Also, her dedication and commitment to make a positive change in the territories is evident in her extensive volunteer work with numerous organizations, including North Slave Housing Corporation (Treasurer), Ministerial Committee on Aboriginal Justice Issues (Chairperson), Territorial Judicial
Appointments Committee (Member), etc. Despite all her contributions, “Sue is not someone who asks for recognition, but takes inner reward from making communities better for women, then passes the reward in her presence to others,” her nominators said.
Beaufort Delta Region
Rachel is a go-getter person with lots of energy. She is very much a people person and works very closely with all agencies
within the community. She is compassionate, caring, loving and truly dedicated to the well-being of the people in Aklavik, especially to the elders. Her presence has made a tremendous difference providing stability to the health centre, her church,
and the residents of the community.