First Nations Voice

August 2012

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Manitoba Hydro presents the Spirit of Earth Awards The 2012 Spirit of the Earth Awards were presented to 13 recipients on June 21, 2012, National Aboriginal Day. The award publicly recognizes environmental and cultural acheivements by Aboriginal people, that directly involve Aboriginal people, or non-Aboriginal people working in partnership with Aboriginal communities. Over the past ten years, more than 110 awards were presented to gifted individuals, dedicated volunteers and committed organizations who made a difference in their communities through successful environmental programs, cultural teachings and art. They inspired and educated youth, families and community members by sharing their vision of a sustainable environment, while honouring Aboriginal culture and history. Congratulations to the 2012 Spirit of the Earth Award recipients! Spirit of the Earth Award 2012 Recipients • Myrna O'Soup-Bushie, Winnipeg • Irvin Head, Cranberry Portage • Lake Winnipegosis Clean-up Project, Duck Bay • Sabrina Houle-Schlup, Rossburn • David Thomas, Winnipeg • Gayle Sinclair, Winnipeg • Robert Daniels, Portage la Prairie • Waaywayeyaa Gitikan (Circle Garden) Project, Winnipeg • Richard Allen Keeper, Split Lake • Lorraine Brandson, Churchill • Tannis CochraneCook, Peguis • Ke-we-ka-pa-we-tan Summer Gathering, South Indian Lake • Wilf and Myrna Lavallée, St. Ambroise 2012 Spirit of the Earth Awards recipients are (L – R): Wilf Lavallée (Métis Dance Program, St. Ambroise Youth Steppers), David Thomas (Aboriginal Design), Shirley Ducharme (Ke-we-ka-pa-we-tan Summer Gathering Committee), Irvin Head (Northern Sculptures), Joan Ledoux (Lake Winnipegosis Clean-up Project, Duck Bay), Sabrina Houle-Schlup (Manitoba First Nation Bison), Gayle Sinclair (Aboriginal Art), Tannis CochraneCook (Peguis First Nation Recycling Program), Richard Allen Keeper (Sled Dog Mushers Association), Rhonda Morrissette (Waaywayeyaa Gitikan or Circle Garden Project, Winnipeg Adult Education Centre), Robert Daniels (Traditional Hunter and Keeper of the Earth) and Lorraine Brandson (Churchill Hudson Bay: A Guide to Natural and Cultural Heritage). Missing: Myrna O'Soup-Bushie, Senior Aboriginal Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency 4500745058_SOTE_recipient ad_output.indd 1 12-07-24 11:29 AM

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