North Slave Region
Originally from Inuvik Karen has lived in Yellowknife since 1993 and continues to provide guidance and care with the utmost respect of all traditions across the NWT. Karen is a positive, forward thinking, outgoing and understanding woman. Her knowledge of the north, culture and heritages is strongly recognized by the people she meets. She is very compassionate about her personal and professional skills and knowledge and never underestimates herself or others. Karen lets Aboriginal women know that they have something to offer and supports them by bringing out the skills they have. She is the type of person who always sees the positive in people and builds on it. Karen models such a devoted, creative, knowledgeable, and strong Aboriginal woman that the lives she touches are truly impacted towards positive change.
Viviane Edgi Manuel
Always encouraging and recognizing the efforts of those around her, Viviane is constantly working on different projects that will help her community members benefit the most. She helps organize Student Achievement Awards so that those graduating from grade 12, employment training programs and postsecondary diplomas and degree programs are recognized for their efforts. She is heavily involved in the community gardening program, recruiting anyone from young teen girls to elderly grandmothers to be involved. She also took responsibility for recruiting community members for the local radio stations and formed a society group to help them get new equipment. Viviane is approachable, caring and involved. She does not discriminate and will do her best to benefit all residents, young and old. For so many Viviane has helped them realized that they are worth something and if they are dedicated and committed to what they want they can achieve it. Viviane is humble, non-judgemental and accepts everyone’s with their faults. She has inspired many and will continue to be a driving force in her community.
Margaret Ann Landry
Deh Cho Region
Margaret Ann has a deep passion to help people. She cleans houses for the elders, runs errands for people who are unable to and donates food to those that need the extra. Margaret really listens to women who are in violent relationships and supports them with decisions that they make even if those decisions are things she may disagree with. She opens her doors to women who are in need of shelter from abuse and cooks and shares with those that are in need. Margaret fills her days with volunteering for elders, looking after her disabled partner and spends quality time with family. She is a hard worker; a loving friend and a non-stop go getter. Margaret makes no excuses for not doing things for her community and will do what she can to help wherever needed.
South Slave Region
Edna leads and lives her life by positive example, her door is always open. She takes pride in sharing her knowledge, whether it be making traditional crafts, or how to prepare wild meat. Her passion is education and she delivers through the sharing of her traditional knowledge and life experience. Children love her and love to learn from her. Edna and her husband have been married for 50 years this year and have raised three remarkable sons with a strong sense of family values. It shows today through the lifestyles they lead and the interactions they have with their children. Edna is never short on love, patience and kindness and always finds a little lesson in everyday life to teach you. Edna is a true entrepreneur supplementing her family income with her sewing skills. She also always had a safe place for the neighborhood children to come and just be kids. They left happy, full and sometimes with a change of clothes and a few toys. Her contributions to women and her community are very quiet and under the radar but powerful and positive all the same. Through her small acts of kindness, though they can never be measured, they will always be remembered by those lives they have touched and changed.
Taipana Rene Oliktoak
Beaufort Delta Region
A woman of 98 years old, Taipana has been a great role model throughout her whole life. Not only was she a midwife in her early years, she brings many years of traditional knowledge with her wherever she goes. Taipana volunteers her knowledge and services to keep her tradition alive, be it traditional caribou-seal-clothing, the preparation of foods or teaching the stories, movements and songs of the Kangikyoakmuit Central style Drummers & Dancers. Taipana even taught her children how to live off the land by building an igloo for shelter and using a kullik, a traditional seal oil and arctic cotton lantern. Taipana is a true role model for the traditional ways of her people and an inspiration to keep her tradition alive.