Native Village Youth and Education News
February 1, 2009 Issue 194 Volume 1
4 northerners named to
received the Northern Medal from ex-premiere Gov. Gen. Michäelle
Jean in April during Jean's visit to Inuvik. Jean awarded
Cournoyea with the Northern Medal to recognize her long career
as a politician and aboriginal negotiator. Prior to her time in
N.W.T. politics, Cournoyea 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.
Nellie was sited for her "active involvement in promoting social
and economic development for aboriginal people," as well as for
her long political career," said Jean.
Cournoyea is of mixed Norwegian and Inupiaq heritage.Cournoyea
was appointed to the Order of Canada is as an officer. She.
Dave Joe was also name an officer of the order. Joe is from the Champagne-Aishihik First Nation in the Yukon. He currently lives in Vancouver where he runs a law firm. Jean praised Joe for his efforts to create stronger communities and build positive relations between First Nation and non-First Nations people. Joe also negotiated final land claim agreements for several Yukon First Nations.
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