The 15th Annual Vancouver Gala was hosted by actor and doctor, Dr. Evan Adams and opened with a riveting hoop dance performance by James Jones and Marika Cockney. Elder Deanna George from Tsleil-Waututh Nation provided an opening prayer, followed by Dr. Cheryl Bear’s rendition of Oh Canada. The evening celebrated and honoured the accomplishments of Dr. Ken S. Coates, the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations. Learn more about Dr. Coates and past laureates here.
The evening also included presenting certificates for the 2017 Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certified companies. We’d like to congratulate the following companies for achieving their PAR certified levels. Learn more about the PAR program, click here.