For nearly 25 years, the Esquao Awards has highlighted the amazing work of Indigenous women throughout Alberta and Canada. From its humble beginnings, the Esquao Awards have grown to be the single largest recognition event of Indigenous women in the country.
Four years ago, as the event continued to grow, the Government of Canada began conducting a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Earlier in 2019, the Government of Canada published the Final Report, along with 231 Calls for Justice.
The Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) wanted to mark the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Esquao Awards by looking back at past Award recipients, their stories, and how their work has been leading these Calls for Justice for decades.