Friday May 13, 2022


The Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women founded the Esquao Awards to recognize and celebrate the contributions of exceptional Aboriginal women in Alberta. Whether in the areas of the Arts, Business, Children’s Future, Community Involvement, Culture, Education, Environment, Health and Medicine, International Influence, Justice, or Political Involvement, Esquao Award recipients demonstrate the strength and beauty of Aboriginal women.

The Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) is a non-profit organization that delivers programs and advocates for systemic changes that support the inclusion, skill development and recognition of Aboriginal women in Alberta. Current programs include financial literacy, increasing safety, and supports to women coming out of correctional institutions. The Esquao Awards is part of a larger leadership development and training program that includes advancing Aboriginal women into more decision-making roles.

We are now accepting Esquao Awards Nominees for 2022.


Tickets will be available shortly. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Esquao Awards would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. IAAW directs all proceeds raised through the 25th Annual Esquao Awards to support our programs. Learn more about Sponsorship Opportunities here.
Thank you to our Sponsors for you support!
For further information, please contact Rachelle Venne, Chief Executive Officer
at 780-479-8195 |

Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women
18104 – 102 Avenue, Edmonton AB T5S 1S7
Phone 1-877-471-2171 | Toll Free or 780-479-8195 | Fax: 780-471-2169,
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