The Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT celebrated Seven role models from across the North for their service and contribution to sports and culture.
A new award was presented from the NWT Teacher’s Association, which went to Fort Smith’s Lori Rutherford.
Fort Resolution athlete and trapper Kayleigh Hunter received the Sport Award, which she says would have been impossible without her parents support.
“From making a skidoo trial behind our house so I can practice Snowsnake for the 2016 Arctic Winter games, to driving three hours to play baseball,” said Hunter.
15 year old Keiza McDonald of Fort Smith was presented the Community Builder Award for her volunteering at the Northern Lights Special Care Home, and coaching volleyball, and skating.
Former Liidlii Kue Sub-Chief Steven Jose was presented the Culture Award for keeping Dene traiditons alive in the Deh Cho, including sharing meat with elders and teaching youth how to hunt.
“I get on the land to clear my mind, that’s what I do to approach things from a different way when I was on council. I resigned, but I miss it,” Jose explained.
Also honoured this year’s Coach Award are Tuktoyaktuk’s Charles Pokiak and Pat Kuptana for their efforts on the ice with youth.
And finally the Commanding Officer Community Sport award was presented to Ulukhaktok RCMP Constable Duncan Marsh for his contribution to the Snowshoe Biathlon Program.