The awards are put on through a partnership between United Way Sudbury and Nipissing Districts and N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre.
The event, attended by 400 high school students, teachers and community members, included a dinner, territory acknowledgement, keynote speakers, traditional drumming and an awards ceremony.
Each year, youth are nominated under a number of categories including academics, community service, attendance excellence, artistic abilities, cultural recognition, extra-curricular involvement, most improved, best attitude, athletics, and leadership.
The awards celebration fosters encouragement, acknowledgement, dignity, integrity and pride in aboriginal youth.
“This year’s event was a wonderful celebration, recognizing over 400 students,” said United Way executive director Michael Cullen.
“One of United Way’s focus areas is All That Kids Can Be. We are pleased that in its 11th year, the Aboriginal Secondary School Awards continues to be a success.”
“The N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre is very proud to be a part of such a memorable event,” said the centre's executive director, Marie Meawasige.
“We congratulate all of the award winners for their hard work this school year and wish all of the graduates the best in whatever path they choose to take next.”