Annie B Gordon
Beaufort Delta Region
Mother to last year’s Beaufort Delta recipient and a highly respected elder Annie remains a strong role model for all women in her community. She is fluent in Gwich’in and Inuvialuit. She is seen as bridge between two cultures in Aklavik – a role that she fits easily into. Annie is eager to share her knowledge and does so by leading camps in spring and summer teaching a traditional lifestyle. She is very active and can often be seen attending meeting as a participant or a Gwich’in translator.
Deh Cho Region
Caroline is a wise woman often seen practicing her culture through setting nets and making dry fish/meat. Her willingness to help wherever she is needed makes her an asset to the community of Fort Providence. She is ordained by the Bishop and is involved in delivering mass along with the Priest. She is often seen delivering communion to elders who cannot come to church. As an elder, Caroline has also provided positive counseling with women in her Dene Zhati language. She is often asked by the community to be the woman to initiate the Fire Feeding Ceremony and advocates on behalf of the community to get a traditional medicine person. Caroline’s translation services and help as a liaison person are priceless.
North Slave Region
Pertice is an inspirational teacher, researcher, advocate, community activist, colleague, mother and friend. Within these various contexts she is a tireless champion of women, particularly those who are in desperate circumstances. Her honouring of diversity and respectful learning about other lifeways is a characteristic of both her professional and personal life. Pertice really shines as a mentor with patience, genuine love of people and understanding of the human condition. Just being around Pertice will bring a positive warm glow to your spirit. Her research is invaluable to changing women’s lives both locally, nationally and internationally. She has been active in numerable positions over her career but always strives to learn and bring understanding with her wherever she goes. Pertice is the perfect balance between academic wisdom, authentic kindness and boundless enthusiasm.
Judy is an exceptional woman who is gifted in the traditional arts and crafts and loves teaching young woman how to sew mukluks, mitts, beading, etc. She takes great pride in teaching young men and women how to live off the land and how to live the traditional way of life. Judy taught moose hide tanning alongside her late mother, Mary Barnaby throughout the territories so that traditional ways of tanning could continue. She is highly respected by everyone in Fort Good Hope for her compassion and kindness. If there is a family mourning she will send food or will visit so they are not alone. She is willing to take control of a situation to comfort and is known for escorting elders on medical travel because she is fluent in the K’asho Got’ine Dene language. She has a strong love for the elders and wants to make sure they are taken care of.
South Slave Region
Maggie is a very valuable person to the community of Fort Smith. She takes pride in her traditional and cultural teachings. She cooks and provides assistance to those in need, provides support to those dealing with loss and those that need a kind heart. She passes on teachings to young women and girls. She will provide groceries, linen, blankets etc. to single mothers that are settling in and starting an education at the College. She is a very hard working woman, who never complains of being tired. Maggie has a calm personality and a gentle way about her. She never boasts, she is very humble and appreciates the simple things that make her happy and comfortable. She has had a difficult life, and she does not dwell on it. She is retired, but still tries to keep up with the young ones and will volunteer for as long as her legs will let her