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 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.