Monday, February 09, 2009

Four Northern Canadians Awarded Order of Canada

The Order of Canada is the country's highest honour. It recognizes Canadians for outstanding achievements or exceptional contributions to Canada's cultures. This year, four individuals with origins from northern Canada will receive this honour. They are;

NELLIE COURNOYEA who helped craft the landmark 1984 land-claim agreement between the Arctic's Inuvialuit people and the federal government. She still represents the Inuvialuit and now chairs  the Inuvialuit Regional Corp. in Inuvik, N.W.T. 

DAVE JOE who is from the Champagne-Aishihik First Nation in the Yukon. He currently lives in Vancouver where he runs a law firm. Joe also negotiated  final land claim agreements for several Yukon First Nations.

FRED CARMICHAEL, like Cournoyea, also lives in Inuvik, N.W.T. He was recognized for his career as a Gwich'in leader, businessman and volunteer. Carmichael served as  Gwich'in Tribal Council president from 2000 until 2008 when he retired.  Since signing the Gwich'in land claim more than 15 years ago, the tribal council is implementing the agreement to ensure the Gwich'in are included in economic plans for the Mackenzie Delta region.

ARLENE HACHÉ of Yellowknife who is a social advocate through Centre for Northern Families and other local, territorial and national associations.

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