The Award
People Involved

The Wolf Project Award recipients are listed in this section. Please note the groups and individuals who were involved with the award presentations. It demonstrates the widespread opportunity for others to become involved.

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The Honorable David Eggen

The Honorable David Eggen, Minister of Education for the Province of Alberta, received the Wolf Award on November 23, 2018. His commitment to enhancing respect and understanding between races and cultures has been demonstrated through meeting with several Alberta organizations to determine ways to address racism and create a more accepting and inclusive society. A report of recommended actions was released in 2018 and some of the actions have been launched which include the creation of a provincial hate-crimes police unit, a provincial anti-racism advisory council and community grants to address racism.

Additionally, Mr. Eggen has worked toward introducing new professional standards for educators to enrich learning around Indigenous culture and broaden inclusivity in the classroom.

In the nomination package received, David Eggen was described as “One who is well respected because of his genuine kind nature and acceptance of different cultural values”.

David Eggen’s Wolf statue “Vega” was presented by board member Heather Acres. Elders Francis Whiskeyjack, Jeanette Lean, Donald Langford and Leith Campbell were present along with board member Fred Hines.Louise McGregor's Wolf statue "Aria" was presented by board members Ray Sunstrum and Romola Trebilcock and volunteers Minnie Matoush and Lindsay Lambert.

Louise McGregor

Louise McGregor received the Wolf Award on December 14, 2012. From 1993 to 2011, she was Administrator of the Kiche Anishnabe Kumic Elder's Lodge located in Gatineau, Quebec within the building headquarters of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. The Kumik is a place that welcomes all to speak and listen to Native Elders and hear their teachings and a place to share and understand cultural differences.

Ms. McGregor has worked tirelessly to balance the world of the Elders with that of government bureaucracy at the Kumik. Additionally she has extended her efforts beyond the Kumik to other cultural collaborations across Canada such as Aboriginal Awareness week. In the words of one of the Elders, "Louise's gentle spirit personifies racial harmony and intercultural understanding to diverse communities and to individuals of various origins and backgrounds".

Louise McGregor's Wolf statue "Aria" was presented by board members Ray Sunstrum and Romola Trebilcock and volunteers Minnie Matoush and Lindsay Lambert.

Donald Langford

The Wolf Award was presented to Mr. Langford on November 17th at the Métis Child and Family Services Open House as a part of Alberta's provincial Métis Culture and History Celebration Week. Mr. Langford was honoured for his ability to work with diverse community partners in meaningful ways to support children and their families in the City of Edmonton. He is the Board Chairperson of Poundmaker's Lodge Treatment Centre, served as the Chairman of the Aboriginal Community Council (AASCF) for 4 years and President of the Edmonton Native Youth Justice Committee, Vice President Aboriginal Veterans of Alberta, was a member of the Board of Directors for the Edmonton Christmas Bureau and sat on the Steering committee for the Protection of Children Involved in Prostitution, and a member of the Edmonton Aboriginal Accord Elders Circle as well as many other work related committees.

His Wolf statue, Métis, was presented by board member Fred Hines and community supporters on November 17th, 2011.

Ivanhoe Groulx

On October 16, 2005, Ivanhoe Groulx, founder of The Circle of Ancient Peacekeepers received The Wolf Award during the sixth annual Peacekeepers’ Circle Ceremony at the Ottawa Odawa Centre.

The Circle of Ancient Peacekeepers builds bridges between cultures through the use of traditional music, dance, poetry and ceremonies.

The Wolf Statue, named “Pleiades” was presented on October 16, 2005 by board member, Raymond Sunstrum, Elder Mary Anne Decontie, and award nominator Gerald Hebert.

Rebecca Dixon

Presented at her school in Ottawa, Ontario, 13 year old Rebecca Dixon was honoured for her remarkable efforts to assist others in need from the Ukraine, Yugoslavia and Uganda. She is also working on a project to erect a monument in Guelph, Ontario that would commemorate children's rights around the world. Rebecca has been an excellent young example of how to care for others as if we were all one human family.

Her Wolf statue, named Delphinus, was presented on November 14, 2003 by special advisor, Elder William Commanda, board members Romola Trebilcock and Raymond Sunstrum. Also assisting in the presentation was former Wolf Award recipient Donald Marshall Jr.

Dr. Ken McCluskey

Presented at a gathering called "PIASHAYKEAMIN" LOST PRIZES SEMINAR PROGRAM that took place at Hecla Island, Manitoba, Dr. Ken McCluskey was honoured for his trail-blazing efforts in championing many projects that serve to bring culturally and racially diverse groups together. Most notably are: The Lost Prizes Project, The Northern Lights Project and The Second Chance Project.

His Wolf statue, named Tayamni, was presented by board member Fred Hines and his assistants on August 19, 2003

Marsha Forest

This award was presented posthumously in memory of Dr. Marsha Forest, for her extraordinary work leading and creating workshops, seminars and institutes that helped individuals and organizations to recognize the importance of honouring diversity of people. Marsha, along with her husband Jack Pearpoint wrote, published and distributed materials on the topics of inclusion, diversity, teamwork and change.

This wolf was presented on July 7, 2001 at the Toronto Summer Institute on Inclusion, Diversity and Community. The Wolf presentation was organized by Mr. John Robson, Wolf Carrier.

Ryan Hreljac

At age 9, Ryan Hreljac received the Wolf Award for his tireless efforts raising funds to establish wells for people of Africa desperate for fresh drinking water. The Wolf Project recognized his excellence in building bridges between diverse peoples, caring for others as if we were all one human family and advancing the dream for unity.

This Wolf Award was presented on June 15, 2001 at Holy Cross School in Kemptville, Ontario. It was presented by Mr. Raymond Sunstrum, board member, along with Dr. May Frith and Ms. Viola Johnson, Wolf Project volunteers. Mr. Tom Jordan, Principal of Holy Cross School, and classmates of Ryan's asssisted in the presentation.

Donald Marshall Jr.

Mr. Donald Marshall Jr. received the Wolf Award for his courageous efforts in creating awareness about issues of systemic and overt racism, particularly with respect to Aboriginal peoples and the justice system and for his efforts to promote mutual respect between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples through outreach to youth, communities and to justice system representatives.

This Wolf Award was presented on May 24, 2000 to Mr. Marshall in Ottawa during a the conference "A Circle of All Nations - A Culture of Peace" gathering hosted by Elder William Commanda.

Professor Graceland Smallwood

Presented in Australia at the 2nd World Indigenous Pathways conference, Professor Smallwood was honoured for her commitment to advancing Indigenous Australians and to promoting, encouraging and honouring culture and racial harmony that is specifically Australian. Considered to be an inspiring leader in her service to Human Rights, she has addressed The United Nations on a number of occasions as an advocate for promoting respectful treatment of Indigenous Australians.

This Wolf was presented by Elijah Harper of Canada and Angela Mulgrew of Australia.

Elder William Commanda

Presented at Kitigan Zibi School in Maniwaki,, Quebec, elder William Commanda of the Kitigan Zibi First Nation, was honoured for his tireless work to promote intercultural understanding and racial harmony.

Over the years, Elder Commanda has acquired a huge following of friends and supporters who have been moved by his untiring efforts to bring together people from all races and from different places across the world to create a Circle of All
Nations. Many have been influenced by his message of love, forgiveness, compassion and reconciliation.

Elder Commanda is Keeper of the Seven Fires Prophecy Belt. This sacred wampum belt dating back to the 1400s teaches the history of the indigenous peoples of Northern America, their silence over the 500 year period of the colonization of their
land and the eventual awakening of their voice at this time to promote peace and harmony.

This Wolf was presented by a delegation of Wolf Project volunteers from the Ottawa-Hull region and members from the Algonquin First Nations community.

Mrs. Jean Brown Trickey

Presented in Hull, Quebec, Mrs. Trickey was honoured for her efforts to address racism. She was one of nine black teenagers called the Little Rock Nine who overcame fierce resistance from the white community in their determination to become the first black students at the school in 1957. Now she speaks to school groups and works with organizations, counselling people and running anti-racism workshops for organizations such as the Assembly of First Nations, the Canadian Labour Congress and school boards.

This Wolf was presented by students at D'Arcy McGee High School in Hull, Québec.

Kevin Locke, South Dakota, U.S.

Presented in Winnipeg, Manitoba at a Children's Festival, Mr Locke received his award for his international work promoting unity of all people. Mr. Locke travels the world entertaining audiences with his hoop dance, flute playing and storytelling. He always delivers a message of unity to his audiences.

This Wolf was presented by Winnipeg volunteers and the project manager.

President Nelson Mandela, Johannesburg, South Africa

Presented in South Africa, President Nelson Mandela was honoured for his most outstanding contribution to promoting equality of races.

This Wolf was presented by a delegation of Manitoba First Nation Chiefs.