The First Peoples Business Association (FPBA) revealed the winners of its sixth annual Mishtapew Awards of Excellence Gala held at the Loews Le Concorde Hotel in Québec City Nov. 25. These awards are given out to recognize Aboriginal entrepreneurship and ingenuity. They are open to Native, Metis and Inuit peoples from across Canada. More than 450 guests gathered for the festivities including politicians, media personalities and Aboriginal Chiefs. The following winners were honoured in various categories:

Trade and Services:

PRÉMONTEX, Wendake (Québec)

Contribution to Local Development: WEMOGAZ ENR„ Wemotaci (Haute-Mauricie)

Culture and Tourism:

CONSEIL DE LA NATION HURONNE-WENDAT Revitalization of Old Wendake, Wendake (Québec)

Business Creation:

BIRCH BARK COMICS, Listuguj (Gaspésie)

Labour Development: PRÉMONTEX, Wendake (Québec)

Aboriginal Businesswoman:


Involvement in the Aboriginal Community: SOLIDARITY FUND QFL, Montreal

National and International Profile: LAND INSIGHTS – Society for the understanding of Native culture, Montreal

Natural Resourcee: LES PÊCHERIES WULUSTUK – Conseil de la Première Nation Malécite de Viger, Cacouna (Bas St-Laurent)

Emerging Professional: Mr. JONATHAN MATHIAS – WINNEWAY GAZ AND WINNEWAY SUPERMARKET, Winneway (Abitibi-Témiscamingue)

Aboriginal Business of the Year Award presented by Canada Economic Development, major partner of the FPBA: GROUPE NOKAMIC INC.,

Dolbeau-Mistassini (Lac St-Jean)

2003 Special Merit Award: WINNEWAY GAZ AND WINNEWAY SUPERMARKET, Winneway (Abitibi-Temiscamingue)