Tom Longboat Awards

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The Tom Longboat Awards were established in 1951 to recognize Aboriginal athletes "for their outstanding contributions to sport in Canada" [1] and continues "to honour Indigenous athletes across Canada"[2] annually. As a program of the Aboriginal Sport Circle, the awards provide a forum for acknowledging top male and female athletes both at the regional and national levels.[1]

The Aboriginal Sport Circle offers each provincial and territorial Aboriginal sport body (P/T/TASB) the opportunity to select one male and one female Aboriginal athlete within their region. The regional recipients will be considered as nominees for the national award that is presented to the top male and female athletes at the annual induction ceremony hosted by Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.[1]

Each of the regional Tom Longboat Award recipients receives a Tom Longboat Award medallion. The two national Tom Longboat Award winners receive Tom Longboat Award rings, and have their names added to the Tom Longboat Award Trophy, which is displayed in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.[3]

Award history[edit]

"Of all the athletes in Canadian sport history, only a select few have a major award named in their honour."[4] The Tom Longboat Awards are named in honour of Tom Longboat, a member of the Onondaga Nation from Six Nations of the Grand River who in the early 1900s made a name for himself as a long-distance runner, competing in races across North America and Europe.[5] "In 1999, Maclean's magazine named him Canada's greatest sports legend of the 20th century. Befitting a hero, the Tom Longboat Award has been given since 1951 to the best aboriginal male and female amateur athletes in the country".[6]

The Tom Longboat Awards were established in 1951 as a joint effort of the Department of Indian Affairs and the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada (AAUC). Between 1951 and 1972, Indian Affairs and the AAUC shared responsibility for the awards. Indian Affairs managed the awards at the local and regional levels, while the AAUC directed activities nationally.[7] Responsibility of the awards shifted to the National Indian Brotherhood / Assembly of First Nations and Canadian Amateur Sports Federation (1973-1998) and since 1998, the Awards have been administered by the Aboriginal Sport Circle, the organization representing Aboriginal sport and recreation development in Canada.[8]

Principles[edit]

The Tom Longboat Award serves as a national legacy of excellence in Aboriginal sport and recognizes Aboriginal athletes who have attained significant personal achievements in sport. "In addition to their athletic achievements, recipients will have demonstrated a personal commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and fair play, while reflecting a holistic lifestyle as an Aboriginal Athlete".[1]

Eligibility[edit]

The Tom Longboat Award honours the accomplishments of athletes within a given program year (September 1st to August 31st). Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible as nominees[1]:

  • Applicants must be of Aboriginal descent (inclusive of First Nations, Inuit and Métis)
  • Applicants must be active within the year of nomination
  • Applicants must demonstrate sportsmanship, fair play and ethics in sport
  • Applicants must complete a nomination package and submit it to their P/TASB on or before the set deadline

Tom Longboat Award Winners[edit]

The following is a list of Tom Longboat Award winners Nationally and Regionally [7][9]

Year National Award Winner(s) Location Regional Award Winner(s) Location
2018 Jocelyne Larocque

Michael Linklater

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

2017 James Lavallée

Joy Spear Chief-Morris

Manitoba

Alberta

2016 (partial list):

Linden McCorrister

Aiyana Hart[10]

MB

MB

2015 (partial list):

Malachi Leclerc

Sierra Halldorson[11]

MB

MB

2014 (partial list):

Justin Krantz (Co-Winner)

Zach Whitecloud (Co-Winner)

Robyn Boulanger[12]

MB

MB

MB

2013 (partial list):

Braedan Boschman

Christie Lavallee[13]

MB

MB

2012 (partial list):

Logan Thacker

Skylar Boulanger[14]

MB

MB

2011 (partial list):

Kiinnan Stevenson-French

Julie Desrochers[15]

MB

MB

2010 (partial list):

Theoren (TJ) Constant

Alyssa Bertholet[16]

MB

MB

2009[17] Ammon Crowfoot

Brigette Lacquette[18]

Alberta

Manitoba

William Forsey

Jillian Forsey

Wade Googoo

Holly Ann Denny

Wasontiio Stacey

Johnna Montour

Keon Doblej

Lindsay Doxtator

Josh Ahmo

Brigette Lacquette

Todd Fiddler

Ammon Crowfoot

Jessie Lilly

Phil Mack

Brittany Schroeder

Danielle Marcotte

NL

NL

NS

NS

EDN

EDN

ON

ON

MB

MB

SK

AB

AB

BC

BC

YK

2008[19] Matthew Klein

Alyssa Johnson[20]

British Columbia

Manitoba

Scott Cameron

Alyssa Johnson

Nikashantess Penashue

Sabrina Muise[21]

William Cameron

Electra Charles

Matthew Klein

Sandy Ward

Eric Slipperjack

Nancy Indian[22]

Joshua Kelly

Danielle Marcotte

Mark Anthony Gloade

Sarah Gloade

Gabriel Rabbitskin

MB

MB

NL

NL

SK

SK

BC

BC

ON

ON

YK

YK

NS

NS

EDN

2007 Cody Jamieson

Stacie Anaka[23]

Ontario

British Columbia

(partial list):

Cody Jamieson

Stacie Anaka

Joey Sutherland

Gazheek Morrisseau-Sinclair

Danielle Marcotte

Sammy Kent

Joshua Kelly

Jason Bessey

Alora Dawn Blanchard[24]

ON

BC

MB

MB

YK

YK

YK

NL

NL

2006[25] Sidney Smith

Doris Jones[26]

Ontario

Manitoba

Matthew Klein

Chelsie Mitchell

Ian Manyfingers

Raven Shade

Scott Mills

Shay-Anne Daniels

Emory Wells

Doris Jones

Sidney Smith

Josh Sacobie

Jonathon Rice

Tammy Cote

Ashton Bernard

Ashley Julian

Atshapi Andrew

Marie Penashue

Chris Vance

Jessica Trotter

Michael Putulik

BC

BC

AB

AB

SK

SK

MB

MB

ON

NB

EDN

EDN

NS

NS

NL

NL

YK

YK

NU

2005 Dallas Soonias

Marisha Roman[27]

Alberta

Ontario

(partial list):

Dallas Soonias

Marisha Roman

Justin Sinclair-Paul

Lori Letandre[28]

Brittanee Laverdure

Shane & Roy Byrne (co-winners)[29]

Charmane Naytowhow

Alwyn Piche[30]

AB

ON

MB

MB

YK

NL

SK

SK

2004 Richard Peter

Lara Mussell[31]

British Columbia

British Columbia

(partial list):

Richard Peter

Lara Mussell

Michele King

Nathan O'Nabigon[32]Garnet Desjarlais

Shelly Hruska

Jocelyn Boutillier

Jeremy Harper

BC

BC

ON

ON

MB

MB

YK

YK

2003 Delby Powless

Deanna Sullivan[33]

Ontario

Alberta

(partial list):

Sheldon Lainchbury

Lara Mussell

Delby Powless

Deanna Sullivan

Jared Fletcher

Tawny Dillabough[34]

Kelcy Armstrong

Jaron Tuton

BC

BC

ON

AB

MB

MB

YK

YK

2002 Jordin Tootoo[35] Nunavut (partial list):

Barry Beniot-Conne River

Janice Margaret Forsyth

Wallace Ahmo Jr

Donna Mathieson[36]

NL

ON

MB

MB

2001 Tara Hedican[37]

Shawn Bobb

Ontario

British Columbia

Shawn Bobb

Denise Wilson

Tara Hedican

Brandon Nolan

Matt Simonson

Kayla Narvie

Jason Louttit

Holly Anderson

Paul McDonald

Robin Beaulieu

Jason Baxter

Fallon Head

Craig Gagnon

Johnathon Rice

Tony Eetuk

BC

BC

ON

ON

NB

NB

MB

NFLD

NFLD

NWT

NWT

SK

YK

EDN

NU

2000 Richard Peter

Gina Olsen

British Columbia

British Columbia

Richard Peter

Gina Olsen

Tia Perley

Nicholas Sark

Jessica Jacobs

Douglas Johnson

Katrina Pitawanakwat

Albert Doxtator

Barry Benoit

Jocelyn Davis

Charleton Weaselhead

Kateri Francis

Roderick Gould Jr.

Karine Carlish

Charly Washipabano

Lauren Melnyk

Jason Breland

June Pangon

Jordin Tootoo

BC

BC

NB

NB

YK

YK

ON

ON

NFLD

AB

AB

PEI

PEI

EDN

EDN

MB

MB

NU

NU

1999 Darren Zack[38]

Waneek Horn-Miller

Ontario

Eastern Door & North

Darren Zack

Julie Hill

Waneek Horn-Miller

Jonathon Kane

Treva Thomas

Krystal Mason

Jeff Peter

Rachel Mathiasen

Pipon Moose

Jacqueline Lavallee

Dana Laframboise

Jocelyn Rose Davis

Clint Lapatack

Seymour Doucette

Edward Gohn Jr.

ON

ON

EDN

EDN

NB

YK

YK

?

MB

SK

SK

AB

AB

NS

BC

1998 Dan Calhoon
1997 Bruce Paizen
1996
1995 Clifford Grieves

Francis X. DeBassiaee

Manitoba
1994 Ryan Bates

Alanaise O. Gerguson

Manitoba

Agassiz

1993
1992
1991
1990
1989 Johnny D. Brisbois Kahnawake
1988 Mona Jones (First year for "Heroes of our Time" award)
1987 Rick Brant Tyendenaga Mohawk Territory Robert Levi

Eleonore Sioui

William R. Plain

Terry Wayne Bone

Willis Vernon Parnell

Big Cove New Brunswick

Village des Hurons, Wendake

Waterloo

Winnipeg

Prince Rupert

1986 Suspended (Only 1 Candidate) Suspended (Only 1 Candidate) Suspended (Only 1 Candidate) Suspended (Only 1 Candidate)
1985 Tom Erasmus Whitefish Lake Band Sherri Paul-Bartlett

Doris Henhawk

Woodstock New Brunswick

Six Nations

1984 Alwyn Morris Kahnawkake
1983 Suspended (No Funding) Suspended (No Funding) Suspended (No Funding) Suspended (No Funding)
1982 Tyler Sunday St. Regis Everett Sanipass

Robert Leslie Rice

Rochelle Wells

Joe Mason

Big Cove New Brunswick

Parry Island Band

Cardstone

Dawson City

1981 Gordon Lee Crowchild Sarcee Reserve Simon Marshall

Roger Paul

Vicky Rice

Terry Albert

Sydney Nova Scotia

Fredericton New Brunswick

Kahnawake

Muncey

1980 Beverly Beaver Six Nations
1979 Carole Polchies

Steve Collins

Woodstock New Brunswick

Fort William Reserve

Reginald Llyod Ginnish Eel Ground
1978 Carole Polchies Woodstock New Brunswick
1977 Alwyn Morris Kahnawake (Chaghnawaga)
1976 Beverly Stranger

Reginald Underwood

Timiskaming Band

Tsawout Band

Malcolm Constant James Smith Reserve
1975 John C. Courchene Fort Alexander Reserve Mary Marlene Ward

Roger Vincent

John Kelly

Malcolm Constant

Jacob Wilton Littlechild

Red Bank New Brunswick

Quebec

Ontario

James Smith Reserve

Hobemma

1974 Jacob Wilton Littlechild Edmonton Wayne Morris

Robert Atwin

Alwyn Morris

Chief Tony Cote

Vern Baker

Joe Mason

Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia

Fredericton New Brunswick

Chaghnawaga

Kamasack

Vancouver

Yukon Territory

1973 Raymond Rousselot Bersimis Cecil Jacobs

Kenneth Eastman

Narcisse Blood Jr.

Felix Moses

Southern Ontario

Pipestone

Alberta

British Columbia

1972 Howard Sinclair Anderson Sioux Lookout Miss Collette Cimon

Miss Sally Jacob

Dwayne Johnson

Arnold Wesley

Lawrence Crate

Clane Anthony Sparvier

Edmunston New Brunswick

Nemiscan

Samson's Band

Southern Ontario

Manitoba

Alberta

1971 Doug Skead Northern Ontario Leonard Francis Michael Paul

Kenneth Kane

Harold Wayne Brant

Robert Hart

James Thomas McKenzie

Picton Landing Nova Scotia

Chaghnawaga

Southern Ontario

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

1970 Kenneth Joseph Montour Alberta Clarence Abraham Smith

Lewis Andrew Deslisle

Miss Nellie Trapper

William (Bill) Seward, Sr.

Harry Clearsky

Bruce Dennis Wolfe

Eskasoni Nova Scotia

Chaghnawaga

Moose Factory Band

Nanaimo Band

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

1969 Bert Mistaken Chief Blood-Peigan District Roland Sappier

Ronald Kirby

Walter Isbister

Stanley Joseph

Dwight Smith

Miss Rosalind Merrick

Derald Dubios

Tobique New Brunswick

Chaghnawaga

Sandy Lake

Squamish

Quebec

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

1968 Phyllis Bomberry Southern Ontario Alfred Sanipass

Edward Wolf Child Jr.

Arthur Herman Helin

Tobil Dick

James Daniel Bellegarde

Big Cove New Brunswick

Blackfoot Band

Port Simpson

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

1967 Jacob Wilton Littlechild Hobemma-Ermineskin Band Arthur Quoquochi

Miss Leona Sparrow

Antoine Mountain

James Smith

Beverly Beaver

Edward Arnold McKenzie

Pointe Bleue Indian Agency

Vancouver

Fort Smith

Manitoba

Southern Ontario

Saskatchewan

1966 Ronson Jamieson Southern Ontario Cynthia Paul (now Gabriel)

Charles Patton

Omer Goodstriker

Stephen Belleau

Headley Colon

Allan Asapace

Woodstock New Brunswick

Caughnawaga

Cardston

Alkali Lake

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

1965 George [Merman] Brown Queen Charlotte Indian Agency Jacob Wilton Littlechild

Zaccheus Hamilton

Allan Richard Lickers

Hobemma Indian Agency

Manitoba

Southern Ontario

1964 Gaylord Ross Powless Southern Ontario Oscar Kistabish

Nick Breaker

Vivian Underwood

Grenville Crate

Marcel Greyeyes

Abitibi Agency

Blood Agency

Cowichan Agency

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

1963 John Lewis Ontario Harold PaulGeorge Norton

Melville Baxter

Stephen Wadsworth

John Douglas White

Robert Beaulieu

Doctor Garson

Shubenacadie Nova Scotia

Caughnawaga

Nakina Agency

Blood Agency

Cowichan Agency

Fort Smith Agency

Manitoba

1962 Tom Watts Port Alberni Winston James Paul

Arthur Quoquochi

Samual William Chum

Edwin Wells

Anderson Pete

Hubert Kematch

St. John River Agency

Abitibi Agency

James Bay Agency

Blood Agency

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

1961 Bruce Bruyere Northern Ontario Clarence Smith

Philippe Bazil

Hommer Healy

Myrna Williams

Franklin White

Colin Williams

Allan Joseph Felix

Annapolis Valley

Pointe Bleue

Blood Band

Skidegate

Southern Ontario

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

1960 Arthur Obey Saskatchewan Charles Sark

Thadee Andre

Leonard Good Eagle

Donald Edwards

John Lee Stonefish

Walter Noel

Lennox Island Nova Scotia

Seven Islands

Blackfoot Agency

Lytton Agency

Southern Ontario

Manitoba

1959 Walter G. Noel Manitoba Alexander Denny

Aurelien Gill

Donna Laura Pine

Roddy Vincent Tait

Dennis Shipman

Eskasoni Nova Scotia

Pointe Bleue

Garden River

Skeena River

(Southern Ontario

1958 Randolph Youngman Blackfoot Agency Michael V. Francis

Laureat Rock

Charles Patrick Faries

Teddy Joe

Betty Lorraine Jewel

Ernest J. Scott

Vernon Bellegarde

Shubenacadie

Bersimis

James Bay

Vancouver

Southern Ontario

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

1957 George Poitras Saskatchewan Reginald Paul

Martin Beardy

Glenn Maracle

Stanley Wilson

Victor Starlight

Kingsclear

Sioux Lookout

Southern Ontario

Manitoba

Alberta

1956 Edward Vernon Campbell Musqueam Band Vancouver Russell Brooks

Mathieu Labbe

Roy Vernon Mainville

George Gary Edgar

Louis Harper

Vernon Bear

Shubenacadie

Quebec

Northern Ontario

Southern Ontario

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

1955 Paul Goulais Northern Ontario Walter Paul

Betty Goulais

Eddie Soup

Lister Isbister

George Nepinak

Kingsclear Band

Northern Ontario

Alberta & Northwest Territories

Manitoba

1954 Charles Ross Smallface Alberta & Northwest Territories Barry Delisle

Charles William (Bill) Kimoshameg

Gerald Starr

Kimoshameg

Philip Morin

Quebec

Wikwemikong

Saskatchewan

1953 Edward Kabatay Sydney Indian Reserve NS Marven Morris

Frank Wesley

Charles Ross Smallface

Herbert Strongeagle

Henry Morriseau

Thomas Davey

Caughnawaga

Lac Seul

Alberta & Northwest Territories

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

Southern Ontario

1952 John Sark Lennox Island NS Joseph Two-Rivers

Francis Debassige

Ross Powless

Leslie Andrew

Charles Ross Smallface

Peter Sackamoose

George Colin Wasacase

Caughnawaga

Northern Ontario

Six Nations

British Columbia & NWT

Alberta

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

1951[9] Frederick Baker British Columbia & NWT Wilfred J. Prosper

Ronnie Delisle

Henry Wibokamigad

Ross Powless

Charles Ross Smallface

Arthur Obey

Nova Scotia

New Brunswick

Northern Ontario

Six Nations

Alberta

Saskatchewan

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