Jack Layton was inspired by young Indigenous activists who are changing the world. He was there as an ally and a mentor. The Layton Indigenous Leadership Award carries on this important legacy by recognizing and supporting Indigenous activists who are powerful changemakers in their communities and in the nation.
Award winners will be announced early next year.
We are honoured to have three distinguished judges to both encourage leaders to apply for this award and collectively determine the winner. Joining this panel is Bob Chamberlin, Claudette Commanda and Serena Koostachin.
Claudette Commanda is an Algonquin Anishinabe from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. Professor Commanda taught at University of Ottawa and is the Executive director of the First Nations Confederacy of Culutral Education centres. Claudette is dedicated to promoting the history, culture and rights of First Nations people through all of her work.
Bob Chamberlin is a member of the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation (KHFN) community and has served as Chief of his Nation since 2005.
Serena Koostachin is originally from Attawapiskat and now works as the Coordinator at North Bay Indigenous Friednship Centre. She is dedicated to uplifting and supporting the lives of those in her community. She is the sister of Shannen Koostachin, who led an epic campaign to build a school at Attawapiskat, and is the inspiration behind Shannen’s Dream.