Governor General David Johnston is coming to Winnipeg Tuesday to present awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case to six recipients from across the country.
The ceremony, usually held in Ottawa, will be conducted this year in the chamber of the Manitoba Legislative Building to mark the 100th anniversary of Manitoba women receiving the right to vote.
It will be only the second time in the history of the awards that the ceremony will be held outside of the national capital region. In 1999, it took place in Calgary to mark the installation of the Famous Five Statue.
The 2016 laureates include one Manitoban — Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre executive director Diane Redsky.
According to a statement from the office of the secretary to the Governor General, Redsky is “a visionary thinker and community leader who has dedicated her life to advancing gender equality, particularly for Indigenous women.”
— Cecilia Benoit of Victoria, known for her work in advancing the rights of women and girls through her research and writing, as well as her work in midwifery and maternal care, Indigenous women’s health and health inequalities facing vulnerable populations.
— Anna-Louise Crago of Toronto, for her dedication to building gender equality in Canada and abroad through her studies in anthropology and her groundbreaking human rights initiatives.
— Lucia Lorenzi of Port Coquitlam, B.C., who advocates for gender equality as a prominent voice on issues of rape culture, harassment, misogyny and campus violence.
— Pascale Navarro of Montreal, a journalist and author dedicated to advancing women’s contributions and participation in politics and decision making.
— Norma Jean Profitt of Yarmouth, N.S., for relentlessly pursuing the interconnected goals of advancing equality for women and girls and ending gender-based violence.
The event will be live-streamed at www.gov.mb.ca/legislature/index.html.
The Persons Case was a landmark battle in Canada for women. In 1929, five women from Alberta won a landmark case to be recognized as persons, making them eligible for appointment to the Canadian Senate.
The Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were established in 1979 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic decision.
The awards highlight Canadian contributions to the advancement of women’s equality and celebrate Canada’s evolution as an inclusive society, according to the statement from the Governor General’s office.