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
2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form
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