First Nations take centre stage at Aboriginal Achievement Awards

Dressed in black ties and gowns, 15 recipients of the 19th annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards will be recognized for career achievements at a celebration Friday night hosted by Burnaby actress Carmen Moore and hockey star Theo Fleury.

“When I was growing up, there weren’t a lot of aboriginal people in the spotlight,” said Moore, who stars in CBC’s Arctic Air. “But it is so important to recognize those behind the scenes in all professions like political science, health and education. These are strong, successful and indigenous role models.”

Richard Peters, a 39-year-old Vancouverite who has represented Canada in four Paralympic Games, will be honoured in the sports category. He says wheelchair sports gave him a chance to thrive and inspire youth in the community.

“Sometimes I don’t know if it’s inspiration,” he said. “I just go out there, lend a hand and let them know of the support they can get.”

Performers include Derek Miller, who sang at the closing ceremony of the Vancouver Olympics, legendary rocker Robbie Robertson and Metis singer Chantal Kreviazuk.


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Source: Metro News