Deputy Premier to be Honoured with National Aboriginal Achievement Award

Mar 26, 2010 | Government News

 

The Honourable Eric Robinson
The Honourable Eric Robinson

Robinson to Received Award at Nationally Televised Gala Tonight in Regina 

Premier Greg Selinger congratulated Deputy Premier and Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson, who will be honoured with a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for outstanding achievement in the field of politics at a ceremony tonight in Regina. 

“Eric has overcome incredible odds to get where he is today and I can’t think of a person more deserving of this prestigious national honour,” said Selinger.  “Since entering politics, Eric has worked hard to create meaningful opportunities for Aboriginal people and his success in doing so has benefited all Manitobans.” 

The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards (NAAA) were established in 1993 to exemplify, encourage and celebrate excellence in First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Canada. The awards recognize career achievements by Aboriginal professionals in diverse occupations providing valuable role models for Aboriginal youth.  A national jury comprised of accomplished Aboriginal people selects the winners who are then honoured at a nationally televised gala awards ceremony. 

This year’s other NAAA recipients include fellow Manitoban Dr. Raoul McKay for achievement in education, lawyer Donald Worme for law and justice, and elder William Commanda for lifetime achievement.  Previous winners have included activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier (2004), writer Tom King (2003), entertainer Buffy Sainte-Marie (1998) and artist Bill Reid (1994).

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