Dianne Ottereyes Reid, the President and CEO of the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI), has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor General of Canada by the Canadian Museums Association in recognition of her exceptional contributions to Canadian culture and heritage.

Reid has spent many years committed to the preservation of Cree culture, language and heritage, and the fruits of her labour can now be seen throughout the brand new Cultural Institute in Oujé-Bougoumou.

Upon learning that Reid had received this honour, Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come sent his congratulations: “As Grand Chief, and one who has worked with you, I can say, there is no other Cree more deserving of this prestigious award. Indeed, your hard work, determination and willingness to work closely with our Elders and past Leaders have paid off.”

Reid received her honours on April 25 at the Canadian Museums Association’s Annual Conference Awards Banquet in Gatineau.