Trailblazer Award – This award recognizes an individual who has provided service to MCFN by increasing the MCFN profile or status with external communities, influencers and partners. The 2022 Recipient is Dr. Malcolm King.
Dr. Malcolm King, is a health researcher at the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to his active research and teaching schedules, Dr. King has contributed to numerous councils and boards that support health research and policy across Canada and Internationally.
Dr. King says he never thought about the title of a “Trailblazer” over his time doing work around First Nations health and wellness, and mentoring students but he was “delighted” to be nominated and recieve the award. “I’m honoured to be recognized, the First Nation is very important to me,” he said.
His lived experience and family background, of which he speaks proudly, has guided his work, teaching and research and helped to bring together common understandings of issues related to health and wellness of Indigenous people and Communities. He has recently moved back home and is engaging in activities and committees at MCFN.
Community Volunteer Award – This award recognizes an individual who has shown outstanding generosity, resulting in service or support to MCFN through their time, actions, talents and dedication. The 2022 Recipient is Jordan Jamieson. Jordan has volunteered for many years at events throughout MCFN Treaty Lands and Territory. He actively participates in and often hosts workshops to share his knowledge of MCFN history, culture, traditions, and promotes his beliefs on protecting the environment. He has done many event openings as one of the drummers for our Big Drum, and is a rap artist who promotes the Anishinaabemowin language.
An excellent role model for our youth, Jordan represents MCFN in a mature and respectful way at every event in which he participates.
“Recognition from within the community is one of the most humbling things to receive, especially from people I grew up with, all the knowledge keepers and elders that I learned from,” he said. “I’m super thankful, excited, and honoured to get this recognition.”
Friend of Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – (Selection of the Award is by Chief and Council) The award is given to honour a person, who is not a member of MCFN, but whose career in any field has had a major impact or influence on advancing knowledge of our history, language, culture, beliefs, and traditions. The 2022 recipient is Dr. Donald Smith.
Dr. Smith is the author of the book Sacred Feathers, wherein he has researched the life of Reverend Peter Jones. Rev. Jones was the first elected Chief of the MCFN. Dr. Donald Smith has spent many years speaking and promoting the MCFN history, peoples, culture, and traditions and is a frequent speaker at our Historical Gathering. The MCFN and Dr. Smith have had an excellent relationship for more than thirty years.
“My first visit to New Credit was in 1973, the year before I moved from Toronto to Calgary to teach Canadian History at the University of Calgary,” he said. “I am most grateful to the MCFN for its constant support and encouragement with my work on the history of the Mississauga in the nineteenth century.”
The MCFN Chief and Council value Dr. Donald Smith friendship and respect the research he completed on the history of our Nation.
The 2022 recipients will be celebrated at a Ceremony and Feast in September, at the MCFN Community Centre. Community Members are welcome to attend, to register please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org by August 26th, 2022. Media Contact: Gov.Comm@mncfn.ca