Esquao Awards to honour the strength, resilience and beauty of Indigenous women in Alberta

For nearly 25 years, the Esquao Awards, hosted by the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, has highlighted the amazing work of Indigenous women throughout Alberta and Canada


The 26th annual Esquao awards return Friday night at the River Cree Resort and Casino Entertainment centre.

Since it's humble beginnings in 1996, the Esquao Awards have grown to be the single largest recognition event of Indigenous women in the country. To date 493 women have received Esquao Awards, from over 90 communities.

The opening ceremony starts at 5:00pm




Business – success in business development or ownership
Rhonda Janvier, Cold Lake

Culture – practicing and preserving cultural practices and way of life
Dorothy (Dot) Anderson, St Albert
Skye Durocher, Sputinow
Elena Gould, Fort McMurray

Children’s Future – planning and promoting services for children to help them live their dreams
Marie Borynsky, Calgary
Candice Calliou, Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement
Shannon Lust, Spruce Grove
Denise Rathbone, Wabasca

Lifetime Achievement – lifetime commitment of helping others in their community
Jackie Davis, Cardston

Community Involvement – striving for community wellness
Wilma Cardinal, Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement
Doris Churchill, Edmonton
Jo-Anne Packham, Fort McMurray

Health & Medicine – advocating for staff or administrators in the health system
Dr. Dayle Poitras-Oster, Drayton Valley

Education – achievement in the education system
Dr. Florence Glanfield, Edmonton
Dr. Evelyn Steinhauer, Saddle Lake

Muriel Stanley Venne, C.M., A.O.E., B.A.(Hon.) will be welcomed into the Circle of Honour.



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