Local woman recognized at the 2022 Esquao Awards

The Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC) was well represented at the 2022 Esquao Awards Gala.

Elena Gould, the Director of Education, Culture, and Language at ATC, won the Esquao Culture Award.

Gould is being recognized for her exceptional work promoting Indigenous culture and community.

“Elena has always been a leader both through her work at ATC and in Indigenous communities,” said Karla Buffalo, CEO of ATC.

“Her engaging personality creates space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to share, learn and grow through educational and inclusive environments, creating opportunities for Indigenous cultural revitalization that is needed to continue to develop a future for Indigenous people everywhere.”

President of ATC Chief Adam says he is proud Elena is being recognized for her work to advance Indigenous culture.

“I commend the Esquao Awards for continuing to showcase the important roles women have in Indigenous culture, leadership and decision-making.”

Also recognized for the Esquao Culture Award was Dorthy (Dot) Anderson of St. Albert and Skye Durocher of Sputinow.

The Esquao Awards was founded by the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women.

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