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CCAB honours Mary Simon with Excellence with Aboriginal Relations Award at Vancouver Gala September 25

by ahnationtalk on September 22, 20141815 Views

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This Thursday Mary Simon will be honoured by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business with the prestigious Award of Excellence in Aboriginal Relations at a Gala event in Vancouver, this Thursday, September 25th.

The Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations is designed to recognize a Canadian who has contributed, through professional and voluntary  commitments, to building bridges between Aboriginal people and Canadian society. Their efforts have made a substantial impact across Canada and across sectors, including the business sector.

The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business 12th annual Vancouver Gala this year honours corporate Canada company recipients for their PAR (Progressive Aboriginal Relations) achievements and each year one very special recipient to receive the Award of Excellence in Aboriginal Relations. Past recipients of this prestigious award included the Honourable Paul Martin and former First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine to name a few. 
 
This years worthy recipient is Mary Simon. 
 
Mary is the recent past president of the (ITK) Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Inuit Organization. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Recipient of the National Order of Quebec, the Gold Order of Greenland, The National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Gold Order of the Canadian Geographic Society, The Symons Medal, the Governor General’s Northern Award. She has been inducted into the International Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America and of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. In 2013 Ms. Simon received recognition as a nation builder from the Famous Five. She was recently honoured, by the Public Policy Forum for her contributions to public life, public policy and governance in Canada. Presently Mary is working with Paul Martin, Phil Fontaine and many other distinguished Canadians as Co Chair of Canadians for a New Partnership (http://www.cfnp.ca/).  See Mary’s bio attached for more details on her distinguished career.
 
We hope you will be interested in talking to Mary about receiving this prestigious award, her work with Canadians for a New Partnership and her other passion of better education for Aboriginal people. Today more than ever positive examples of Aboriginal leadership like this from Mary Simon showcase the contribution Aboriginal people make to Canada and our youth.
 
Mary Simon will be available for interviews this week by phone on Thursday, September 25th from Vancouver or in advance. 
 
Also, president and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business JP Gladu will be available for interviews on September 24th and 25th to discuss the award and Mary Simon.
 
I can be reached by email or at 416.694.3131 (o) or on site at 416.319.8003 © to arrange an interview for you. – Chris Allicock

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Biographical Notes: Mary Simon

M Simon PictureMary Simon, OC, QC, comes from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik and was born in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik (Arctic Quebec).

She is the recent past president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Inuit Organization. (2006-20012) She has just completed her term as Chairperson of the National Committee on Inuit Education with a mandate to implement a comprehensive national strategy, aimed at improving Inuit educational standards and achievements.(2012-2014)

She has advanced critical social, economic and human rights issues for Canadian Inuit regionally, nationally and internationally. Over four decades she has held senior leadership positions including, President of Makivik Corporation (the Land Claims Organization for Inuit of Nunavik) , President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Canadian Ambassador For Circumpolar Affairs as well as to the Kingdom of Denmark. She is the Founding Chair of the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation.

Ms. Simon led Canada’s negotiations during the creation of the eight Nation, Arctic Council in the mid 1990’s. The Arctic Council includes the Indigenous Peoples of the Circumpolar Region as Permanent Participants.

She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Recipient of the National Order of Quebec, the Gold Order of Greenland, The National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Gold Order of the Canadian Geographic Society, The Symons Medal, the Governor General’s Northern Award. She has been inducted into the International Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America and of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

Mary Simon has also received many other distinctions including nine honorary doctorates of Laws from Canadian Universities (McGill, Guelf, Trent, University of Alberta, Memorial, Carleton, Queens, Loyalist College, and Mount Saint Vincent.)

She also served as Chancellor of Trent University.

In 2013 Ms. Simon received recognition as a nation builder from the Famous Five. She was recently honoured, by the Public Policy Forum for her contributions to public life, public policy and governance in Canada.

She is also an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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