2023 Esquao Awards Gala

Each year, the Esquao Awards recognize the achievements and contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women from throughout Alberta and raise awareness about the challenges and obstacles they face.

Friday May 12, 2023
Grey Eagle Resort and Casino
Calgary, Alberta
Join us in honouring Indigenous women
from across Alberta.


Call us at 1-877-471-2171
Email us at esquao@iaaw.ca

Esquao, the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, founded the Esquao Awards in 1995 and they have grown to be the single largest recognition event of Indigenous women in Canada, inspiring Indigenous women across the province to get involved in their communities, on and off the reserve and settlement.

Nominations for the Esquao Awards are now open!

Do you know an Indigenous woman in your community you want to honour? Consider recognizing her work by nominating her for an Esquao Award.

Please note: the annual deadline for nominations is January 15.

Nominate Someone Today

Step 1: Download and complete the Esquao Awards nomination form.

Step 2: Gather the following:

  • Three letters of support.
  • A high resolution photo of the nominee.
  • Description of the nominee (Max 250 words).

Step 3: Send all of the documents (a total of four separate documents) to esquao@iaaw.ca