THE cartoonist and visual artist from St. Boniface was appointed for his art and his support of various fundraisers benefiting the Franco-Manitoban community.
Bérard studied fine arts at the University of Manitoba and École des beaux-arts de Montreal. After graduating, he apprenticed in Mexico alongside muralist Jose Gutierrez.
He went on to accept a position as an illustrator in the parks department of the Ministry of Tourism.
His illustrations have appeared in many magazines, newspapers and books. He has also distinguished himself as a sculptor and painter, familiar with a variety of media, including wood and snow carving and papier mâché.
HE was recognized for his contributions to advancing education and preserving traditional laws in Keeseekoowenin Ojibwa Nation, northwest of Winnipeg, where he was the chief and director of education.
He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in political science. The university honoured him with a Doctor of Law degree for his extensive work to advance Indigenous education in Canada.
He is praised for creating bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and communities and is a well-respected elder across Manitoba.
THE chief of Fisher River Cree Nation was appointed for creating economic development opportunities for his community and for improving access to education and technology in Manitoba’s Indigenous communities.
He is the co-chair of the Manitoba First Nation Technology Council, which in July 2016 announced it would implement high speed internet in all of Manitoba’s 63 First Nations communities.
He has been chief for 25 years and during that time has negotiated with the province of Manitoba for the development of 88 cottage lots in Fisher River, has advocated for the creation of Fisher Bay Provincial Park and for the establishment of a healing centre and water and sewer treatment facilities.
He is also a board member for Manitoba Hydro and a member of the Assembly of Manitoba Executive Council of Chiefs.
THE Winnipeg native was recognized for her innovative efforts to develop community-based organizations serving Indigenous communities in the city.
She is a founding member of Ma Mawi Chi Itata Centre in Winnipeg, one of Canada’s first major urban Aboriginal child and family support programs.
She is praised by the University of Winnipeg for her commitment to her people, to the community and to Winnipeg.