Roberta Jamieson visited “Classical Mornings” with Mike and Jean to chat about the annual DAREarts Leadership Gala tonight at The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto. Roberta will be formally recognized for her contributions to Indigenous advocacy, and will be awarded the Cultural Award. A Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Roberta’s career track is astonishing: she is the first First Nations woman in Canada to earn a law degree; the first woman Ombudsman of Ontario; and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She was awarded the Order of Canada, is currently the President & CEO of Indspire, a national Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people.
Roberta is honoured by the award, but says it’s a reminder to continue her work.
Listen to the interview here:
The annual DAREarts Leadership Awards celebrates the power of the arts to ignite positive change in the lives of marginalized children and youth in Canada. DAREarts Leadership Awards Gala will enjoy a cocktail reception, live entertainment by award winning Indigenous artist Iskwé, a sit-down dinner, as well as a silent and live auction, with proceeds benefiting the ongoing work of DAREarts, which empowers over 1,000 children and youth across Canada every year.
Tickets for the annual DAREarts Leadership Awards Gala are available at www.darearts.com
PS: Roberta is a big fan of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and black sequinned bomber jackets!