Joyce Beaver, Edmonton – Lifetime Achievement
Joyce is a strong, beautiful Métis woman from Wabasca, Alberta who continues to serve the community at the young age of 81. A community builder, storyteller, knowledge keeper, Métis artisan and Cree language keeper—she has been both a teacher and a counsellor, and now teaches Indigenous Arts to anyone wishing to learn. Joyce embodies the preservation of culture with her kind, genuine and youthful spirit.
Melissa-Jo Belcourt Moses, Edmonton – Culture
A driving force in the Indigenous artist community in Edmonton, Melissa-Jo is a kind, knowledgeable teacher who holds her Elders’ teachings and knowledge at the core of her artistic journey. Her traditional artwork has been exhibited far and wide, from the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. to the Art Gallery of Alberta where she serves as Adjunct Curator of Indigenous Art.
Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes, Calgary – Justice & Human Rights
Cheryle is a proud Nehiyaw Esquao (Cree Woman) and member of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6. Cheryle has been an Indigenous activist within Calgary and area for the past two decades, speaking, marching, singing and drumming for women—MMIWG2S+, Sisters in Spirit, Justice for Jackie Crazybull, Indigenous Justice—championing the environment and equality, and speaking up for those who cannot.
Audra Foggin (Moyah), Calgary – Education
A member of Frog Lake First Nation, Audra is a strong Indigenous woman who positively contributes to society through honouring respect, dignity, equality, sharing, and cooperation. Her role as a social work practitioner in the field and as a faculty member in the Department of Child Studies and Social Work at Mount Royal University—combined with her lived experience as a Sixties Scoop survivor—has allowed her to share her hard-earned wisdom and knowledge for others to learn.
Louise Gadwa, Bonnyville – Health & Medicine
A member of Kehewin Cree Nation, Louise has worked in the health field for over 25 years. Along the way she earned three degrees, including her Masters Degree in Social Work. Throughout her career, Louise has tirelessly collaborated with First Nations communities and Alberta Health Services stakeholders, and currently heads up the Maternal Child Health Program for Kehewin Health Services.
Deborah Green (Gopher), Calgary – Justice & Human Rights
Deborah (kâkike manitohkân iskwew – Forever Spirit Woman) is a Nehiyaw (Cree) woman from the Piapot and Kawacatoose First Nations. Those familiar with her advocacy work refer to her a fierce ‘Warrior Woman’ who works tirelessly for social change, using her voice for those unable to raise their own voice. She can be found at the front lines of many MMIWG2S+ events, advocating for justice for her murdered sister and so many others.
Marni Hope, Lethbridge – Community Involvement
Marni (Miisomii’kitsikaakii – Long Time Offering) is a proud Siksikaitsitapi woman who, in her role as Student Support and Events Coordinator in the Indigenous Services Department at Lethbridge College, develops and delivers cultural workshops and programs that emphasize Indigenous culture, language and history as a means of creating self-worth and confidence. Marni sits on the board of the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta (SSISA), representing the Kainai Nation and Southern Alberta.
Lori Anne Houle, Calgary – Community Involvement
As founder and CEO of Métis Calgary Family Services, Lori has devoted her life to supporting the healthy development of urban Indigenous parents and children. She has shared her courage, cultural accountability, and tenacity with Indigenous children, youth and the community for over 35 years, and her influence has stretched across Métis communities in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and British Columbia.