FSIN Congratulates Strength of Our Women Winners

(Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK) – The Saskatchewan First Nations Women’s Commission and the FSIN executive congratulate the recipients of the Strength of Our Women awards. The awards gala was held at TCU Place Thursday night.

“It is a privilege to honour our indigenous women for their extraordinary contributions in their fields,” said FSIN Vice-Chief Heather Bear. “With so many accomplished nominees it posed a challenge to narrow the field, but ultimately the women who we honoured tonight are deserving of this recognition. We are so proud of you.”

After a period of open nominations, the top four were chosen in each category aside from Matriarch, which honoured 15 women at the gala. The honourees are as follows:

YouthDesaray Robillard, Fond du Lac

Lifetime AchievementDelia Opekokew, Canoe Lake

Arts and EntertainmentTasha Hubbard, Peepeekisis

BusinessMary Doris Greyeyes, Little Black Bear

Culture and SpiritualityNancy Linklater, Whitecap

EducationBelinda Daniels, Sturgeon Lake

EnvironmentBarb Lavalee, Cowessess

Health and WellnessDr. Bonita Beatty, Peter Ballantyne

Law and JusticeBeverly Poitras, Muscowpetung

SportsBrigette Lacquette, Cote

Leadership and AdvocacyMyrna Laplante, Day Star, and Darlene Okemaysin, Beardy’s and Okemasis

MatriarchsClara Duquette, MistawasisEileen Vandall, AhtahkakoopGertrude Montgrand, Peter BallantyneMabel Ouellette, Red PheasantMary Thunderchild,  ThunderchildNeva Mirasty, Flying DustRose Daniels, Sturgeon LakeShirley McNab, George GordonClara Norman, Flying DustEvelyn Desnomie, PeepeekisisJeanne Sutherland, Beardy’s & OkemasisMaria Linklater, ThunderchildMelvina Eagle, WhitecapPhilomene Roy, Canoe LakeSandra George, Ochapowace

“First Nations women in Saskatchewan are artists, advocates, business women, and mothers – they are leaders. We commend every one of these women and all the other nominees for their extraordinary work in their families, Nations, province, continent, and beyond each and every day. Congratulations again to all the winners and nominees, you are an inspiration to us all,” said Vice Chief Bear.

Proceeds from the Strength of Our Women Awards Gala are dedicated to initiatives that support the families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Girls. The SFNWC and FSIN are grateful for the support from all the sponsors, organizers and volunteers who help make this event possible.

FSIN CommunicationsRory MacLeanrory.maclean@fsin.comPhone: 306.241.0954