On the evening of Wednesday, August 17th, we hosted the 18th annual Anishinabek Evening of Excellence. The event took place on Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Territory at the United Steelworkers Hall in Sudbury, Ontario.
Each year, the AN7GC coordinates this important event to honour, celebrate, and present Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Awards to outstanding Anishinabek citizens. People who’ve made a lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life on First Nations through hard work and dedication, in the categories of Arts, Business, Culture, Education, Environment, Law/Justice, Political Leadership, Public Service, Communications, Sports, and Trades & Technology.
This year over 180 people enjoyed a wonderful evening celebrating 14 proud Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. It takes all kinds of people; politicians, teachers, social workers, storytellers, fisherman, coaches, among others to form a community that’s well-rounded, educated, healthy, and culturally enriched. Thinking in terms of the Medicine Wheel, different skills, talents, and passions fill the four quadrants, creating a perfect balance – Mino Bimaadiziwin. That why it’s so important to recognize and celebrate the many unique contributions, the time that’s been invested, as well as the positive difference each has made.
The evening consisted of a delightful dinner, entertainment by 21-year-old Jordan Mowat of Alderville First Nation, the recognition of the generosity of sponsors, jokes by Jason Restoule, AN7GC Manager and Emcee for the night and finally, the presentation of the prestigious Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Awards.
This year’s award recipients included: Kathy MacLeod-Beaver (Alderville First Nation), the Late Edna Carolyn Nootchtai (Atikameksheng Anishnawbek), Cheryl Miller Martin (Atikameksheng Anishnawbek), Arthur Petahtegoose (Atikameksheng Anishnawbek), Joseph Nahwegahbow (Aundeck Omni Kaning), Rick Monague (Beausoleil First Nation), Tim Monague (Beausoleil First Nation), Adrianne Bressette (Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point), Chief Thomas Bressette (Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point), the Late Robert Restoule (Dokis First Nation), Victor Migwans (M’Chigeeng First Nation), Susan E. Commanda (Nipissing First Nation), Emma Meawasige (Serpent River First Nation), and Jerome Pakosigan (Whitefish River First Nation).
The Anishinabek Evening of Excellence wouldn’t be possible without the financial contributions of devoted and generous sponsors. Their contributions are truly the foundation of this event. Chi-Miigwetch to Scotiabank, Union Gas, Ontario Power Generation, Westmont Hospitality Group, Casino Rama Cares, Hydro One, Holiday Inn Sudbury, and Delta Sault Ste. Marie!
The AN7GC is thrilled at the success of this year’s event, and are already looking forward to hosting the 19th annual Anishinabek Evening of Excellence in 2017!
How it all started and what it's all about...
The Anishinabek Evening of Excellence began as the Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Awards in 1999.
At that time, the goal of the event was to bring awareness to our Anishinabek Nation citizens who have succeeded in various professional endeavors. The idea was to recognize those individuals who have taken us from reservations to First Nations. People who have made a lifetime commitment to improving the quality of life on First Nations through volunteerism, political service, language preservation, health services, social services, personal achievement, cultural practice, and those who are survivors of residential school or who served in the military.
Our Evening of Excellence brings together close to 300 people annually to recognize deserving Anishinabek citizens who are presented with Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Awards. We recognize these people as ‘building blocks’ to improving the lives of Anishinabek citizens and the Anishinabek Nation as a whole.
The event also recognizes the academic achievements of Anishinaabe youth. In 2005, a new component of the Evening of Excellence was introduced. Through a partnership with Scotiabank, the AN7GC was able to introduce the Scotiabank Student Excellence Awards. Each year four to five Anishinaabe students are selected for their post-secondary academic excellence by a panel of Education Counselors. Each student receives an all expense paid invitation to the event where they are presented with a Scotiabank Student Excellence Scholarship.
During 2007 one of the AN7GC’s corporate friends passed away from cancer. Ian Thomson had become a good friend of the charity over the years and continued to support the Lifetime Achievement Awards each year. In his memory the AN7GC created the ‘Thomson Award’. This award is presented to a person, corporation or foundation that demonstrates loyalty and continued support of the AN7GC.
In 2008, George Lanouette passed to the spirit world and in his memory we created the George Lanouette Memorial Award. George Lanouette was the first Chief Administrative Officer of the Union of Ontario Indians (UOI). He was instumental in the development of the UOI; right from the administrative aspects to the establishment of the UOI Head Office on Nipissing First Nation. His work encompasses the key attributes that lead to successful “community development”. That is what the UOI represents to this day; the unity of community for the overall benefit of our citizens; the Anishinabek citizens. This is what the recipient of the George Lanouette Memorial Award exemplifies; a leader in Community Development.
The Anishinabek Evening of Excellence - Lifetime Achievement Awards event wouldn’t be possible without the generous financial contributions of our sponsors and supporters. We continue to welcome corporate sponsors to be a part of our night of recognition. Please contact us for information on becoming a sponsor of our event.
Past Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form
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