The YMCA Toronto highlighted its current and past Women of Distinction Award recipients in celebration of Canada’s National Aboriginal Day.
The YMCA is using National Aboriginal Day to spotlight the achievements of indigenous women who have received the annual award which is given to leaders who have shown a dedication to improving the lives of women and girls.
“Today, significant work remains to build a new relationship with Indigenous Peoples,” the YMCA said in a press release. “It starts with addressing the high rates of violence against Indigenous women and girls. We must end the inequities facing Indigenous communities, particularly in the areas of child welfare, education, health care and basics like clean water and decent housing.”
Woman of Distinction Award winners include Connie Walker, 2017 Media Award; Roberta Jamieson, 2016 Presidents Award; Pamela Palmater, 2012 Social Justice Award; Bridget Perrier, 2006 Turning Point Award; Lindsay Kretschmer, 2003 Young Woman of Distinction; Reva Jewell, 1993 Community and Public Service Award and Mildred Redmond, 1981 Community and Public Service.
This year’s Woman of Distinction Connie Walker, a senior reporter for CBC News’ investigative unit, has been honoured for her reporting on the rates of violence against Canada’s indigenous women.