Wise Women of 2013

March 8, 2013
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

(March 8, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, International Women's Day honours women's advancement towards equality and reminds us of the vigilance required to ensure that equality is maintained in every aspect of society.

Every year the Status of Women Council celebrates this Day by announcing recipients for the Wise Women Awards.  These women, chosen from five Northwest Territories regions, stand up of what is right for women, children and families.  They work tirelessly behind the scenes or on centre stage to make a difference in our communities.  They never give up their effort to encourage women to become leaders in their homes and communities.  These Wise Women were nominated by their communities because they give their time and dedication to their families and to those who seek help and to their communities.  They speak to the need for fairness and advocate for those who can not speak for themselves.

This year the Status of Women Council honours the following wise women:


  • At 98 years of age, Taipana Rene Oliktoak from Ulukhaktok is revered as a true role model for the traditional ways of her people;
  • Vivian Edgi Manuel of Fort Good Hope has an unfailing willingness to help people and work to improve her community;
  • Margaret Ann Landry of Fort Providence is a tireless worker for people in need;
  • Edna Schaefer from Fort Smith is never short on patience and kindness for the people of her community; and
  • Karen Wright-Fraser from Yellowknife for her skills in constructing traditional clothing and teaching traditional skills that help to keep culture alive and relevant. 

Since 1992, the Status of Women Council of the Northwest Territories has hosted the Wise Women Awards honouring the recipients at the Bread and Roses Luncheon.

Mr. Speaker, I extend this Assembly’s congratulations to the recipients and our appreciation for their lifetime work for the betterment of Northern communities.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.