The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards swung through Montreal in July. Receptions were held across the country last month to launch the nomination process for next year’s awards, which are being held in Winnipeg on April 10.

The awards recognize outstanding achievement in 14 categories: lifetime achievement, youth, arts, business, education, law, media, medicine, social and health services, science and sports.

The deadline for nominations is October 30. Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come is one of the 17 jury members.

The awards are organized by the Canadian Native Arts Foundation (tel.: 416-588-3941), which was established in 1985 by Mohawk conductor and composer John Kim Bell.

The foundation has awarded over $3.5 million to 700 Native youth across Canada.