MANITOULIN – Six Manitoulin Island and Whitefish River First Nation residents have been cited and recognized for their efforts to their First Nation communities with prestigious awards through the Anishinabek Nation Seventh Generation Charity Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The list of local award winners includes James Megwanabe of Whitefish River First Nation, Sandra Margaret Peltier of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, Hazel Recollet of M’Chigeeng First Nation, Theresa Recollet of Whitefish River First Nation and Mary Jo Wabano and Myles Webkamigad, both of Wiikwemikoong.
“The Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize those individuals who have made a lifetime commitment to improving life on First Nations through volunteerism, political service, language preservation, health services, social services, personal achievement, cultural practice, as well as survivors of resident school and those who served in the military.”
Jason Restoule of Anishinabek Nation Seventh Generation Charity told the Recorder, “we are hoping to be able to host a celebration event in the fall to present the awards.” He noted the event will probably take place in November although a final date hasn’t been set as of yet.
“In light of the current situation we have postponed our 2020 Anishinabek Evening of Excellence. We look forward to honouring award recipients and celebrating with family and friends in the near future,” a release notes.
“Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service is honoured to announce that our finance manager Myles Webkamigad, is one of this year’s Anishinabek Nations 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients! Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement awards recognize those individuals who have made a lifetime commitment to the quality of life on First Nations. What an honour Myles! We are very proud!” a post on the WTPS Facebook page notes.