The 19th Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards will be broadcast on APTN on Friday, April 13th at 7:30 pm across Canada. The televised gala is hosted by hockey legend Theoren Fleury and award-winning actress Carmen Moore live from the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia. Moore and Fleury will guide you through a charming evening of performances, celebration and stories of incredible journeys.
Among the 15 award recipients is the founder of the first and largest Aboriginal financial institution in Canada, the first self-identified Metis person to serve in the federal cabinet, a young Metis woman who raised money for poverty and medical research by running across Canada and the first Inuk woman to become a lawyer. Some of the diverse categories to be honoured are arts, public service, environment and natural resources, health, politics, sports, education, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Each and every one of our Award recipients is a leader and role model who has made a profound impact on communities across Canada and worldwide,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. “By honouring their achievement we continue to inspire many others waiting to demonstrate their potential, which is why the work of the Foundation in providing much needed resources to First Nations, Inuit and Metis students is so essential.”
Intertwined between award presentations will be inspiring performances by some of Canada’s leading musicians including internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk and award-winning singer/guitarist Derek Miller. To close the show is an inspiring number with powerful Indigenous women including Andrea Menard, Fara Palmer, Inez, Jani Lauzon, Leela Gilday and 10-year-old Noelle Maracle.
APTN is once again a proud sponsor of the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards and continues to support Aboriginal youth across Canada for several achievements and opportunities.
For more information about the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards visit www.naaf.ca.