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Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation Gala 2016 recognizes great achievements

Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation Gala 2016 recognizes great achievements

HAMILTON — The 12th Annual Dreamcatcher Gala once again celebrated the life and achievement of some stellar indigenous representatives. Nominations for the award were submitted and selected through an adjudication process to recognize the works of people in the indigenous community involved in organizing sports or recreation activities; arts and cultural activities; education or health

HAMILTON — The 12th Annual Dreamcatcher Gala once again celebrated the life and achievement of some stellar indigenous representatives.

Grand River Enterprises Partner Kenny Hill with Canadian singer-songwriter and Gala performer Vita Chambers. (Twitter/Vita Chambers)

Grand River Enterprises Partner Kenny Hill with Canadian singer-songwriter and Gala performer Vita Chambers. (Twitter/Vita Chambers)

Jukasa Radio’s Carlaa Alves having some laughs with indigenous actor Wes Studi. (Twitter/Jukasa Radio)

Jukasa Radio’s Carlaa Alves having some laughs with indigenous actor Wes Studi. (Twitter/Jukasa Radio)

Actor Adam Beach along with his wife, Brittany LeBorgne and Jennifer Pudavick of APTN’s ‘Mohawk Girls’. (Facebook/ Brittany LeBorgne)

Actor Adam Beach along with his wife, Brittany LeBorgne and Jennifer Pudavick of APTN’s ‘Mohawk Girls’. (Facebook/ Brittany LeBorgne)

Dreamcatcher Gala award winner Tantoo Cardinal, Lifetime Achievement. Presented by Graham Greene and Adam Beach. (Facebook/ Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation)

Dreamcatcher Gala award winner Tantoo Cardinal, Lifetime Achievement. Presented by Graham Greene and Adam Beach. (Facebook/ Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation)

Dreamcatcher Gala award winners Billy Mills, Lifetime Achievement; Carey-Leigh Thomas, Sports; Dr. Nadine Caron, Health and Education and Tim Johnson, Arts and Culture. (Facebook/ Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation)

Dreamcatcher Gala award winners Billy Mills, Lifetime Achievement; Carey-Leigh Thomas, Sports; Dr. Nadine Caron, Health and Education and Tim Johnson, Arts and Culture. (Facebook/ Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation)

Jukasa Radio host Logan Staats with Gala emcee Tia Carrere. (Instagram/Jukasa Radio)

Jukasa Radio host Logan Staats with Gala emcee Tia Carrere. (Instagram/Jukasa Radio)

Nominations for the award were submitted and selected through an adjudication process to recognize the works of people in the indigenous community involved in organizing sports or recreation activities; arts and cultural activities; education or health related activities.

The five recipients of the 2016 Awards were: in Sports — Six Nations softball player Carey Leigh Thomas.

For Arts & Culture — Associate Director for the Smithsonian Museum’s National Museum of the American Indian, Tim Johnson.

In Health & Education — Canada’s first female First Nations general surgeon Nadine Caron was also awarded.

There were two Lifetime Achievement Awards distributed to Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills & and actress Tantoo Cardinal.

The event also celebrated the official launch of Six Nations new radio station Jukasa Radio 95.3FM and the #seeingred initiative which is seeking to increase representation and cultural accuracy of Native Americans in mainstream media.

Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow, Onondaga under the wing of the Beaver Clan of Six Nations, is Outreach Editor for the Two Row Times. Her popular column, Scone Dogs and Seed Beads brings weekly thoughts on current day indigenous identity. Nahnda has been a journalist with the Two Row Times since it's founding in 2013. She studied Journalism, Human Rights and Indigenous Studies at Laurier University. She is a self-proclaimed "rez girl" who also brings to the Two Row Times years of experience as a Haudenosaunee cultural interpreter, traditional dancer and beadwork aficionado. Nahnda is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association.

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