Esquao Award Nominations

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The Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women

Esquao Award Nominations

We are excited to be hosting our 2023 Esquao Awards in Calgary this year on May 12, 2023, at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino and we are still accepting nominations for our award show!

Do you know an Indigenous woman in your community you want to honour? Consider recognizing her work by nominating her for an Esquao Award.

To submit a nomination for our award show, please provide: 

  • 3 letters of support from the community
  • Description of the nominee (250 words max)
  • A high-quality photo of the nominee

If you would like to read more information about the Esquao Awards, you can visit

To make a nomination, fill out the form by visiting

Any questions and all documents can be sent to

About Esquao

Esquao, the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, is an Alberta non-profit organization that serves to amplify and share the voices of Indigenous women on the issues and challenges they face.

Serving as a conduit to government, boards, academia, funders and the public, we are at the forefront of breaking down systemic barriers — as leaders, experienced in taking on larger issues, shaping policy, collaborating with our partners, and developing positive outcomes and opportunities for the women we serve.

Esquao is the stylized version of the Cree word for woman. We recognize and celebrate the role, value and achievements of Indigenous women. Our organization is open to all First Nations, Métis and Inuit women and their families, offering services and programs developed by Indigenous women for Indigenous women.

We are equally connected to our traditions and committed to advocating for the women we serve. Drawing upon the guidance of our respected Circle of Elders, Esquao is a voice for change, a voice for healing, a voice for reconciliation and a voice for Indigenous women everywhere.

While important steps have been taken, the journey is far from over. We welcome you to join us on this journey.

27th Annual Esquao Awards 2023 | Call for nominations | Deadline for nominations, January 20, 2023

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