Congratulations to Jackie Anderson who over the weekend was honoured with a YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Arts, Culture & Heritage Award category!

The award recognizes a woman who enriches the cultural vitality of the community through arts or cultural heritage. She is committed to promoting the value of the arts and heritage as integral to the life of the community and encourages others to find their own creative expression.

Jackie is a distinguished leader who has dedicated over 10 years to promoting Indigenous culture and tradition through the Anishinabe Pride Basketball Program. Developed by Jackie for inner city Indigenous youth, the program is built around the Indigenous Sacred Seven teachings of love, respect, wisdom, humility, truth, honesty and bravery. Jackie helps youth connect to their ancestry in order to build better relationships with their families and communities and develop self-awareness. She’s also spoken to the House of Commons as an advocate to end the sexual exploitation of Indigenous women and girls. Jackie’s contributions have helped empower and celebrate those in the Indigenous community.  Jackie also is a member of the Basketball Manitoba Board of Directors.

Jackie pictured with the other Women of Distinction award recipients

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