The Esquao Awards are unique because there is no competition between nominees. When the community completes the nomination form, the Indigenous woman is deemed to be a ‘Community Champion’ in one of the categories and is honoured with an Esquao Award. This policy has worked miraculously to reduce the division between women, and recognizes our women as ‘Angels Among Us’.
Excellence in the visual arts, including writers, actors, or musicians.
Success in business development or ownership.
Integrating a child’s perspective in planning and promoting services to children or to help children live their dreams.
Those striving for community wellness, ensuring community engagement, or community development.
Practicing and preserving cultural practices and way of life.
Achievement in the educational system.
Health & Medicine
Advocates, staff, or administration in the health system.
Pursuit of international relationship with Indigenous women around the world.
Justice & Human Rights
Courage and determination in pursuing justice or advocating for human rights.
A lifetime commitment of helping others in their community.
Service to Country & Community
Those serving or have served in the Canadian Forces, Police, Fire, or Emergency Services.
Achievement in organized sports including rodeo, hockey, water sports, or boxing.
Trades & Technology
Success in trades and/or technology, including construction, engineering, and environmental management.