The awards honour the contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in a variety of fields including the arts, business, law, medicine and politics.
Among this year's 15 recipients is Candace Grier-Lowe, a Norway House Cree Nation member who grew up in Thompson, Man.
After ignoring her high school counsellor's advice to not consider university, she became the first aboriginal person to be accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. She graduated in 2005 and now teaches in the college's veterinary dentistry department, the only program of its kind in the world.
Lavallée, a Grade 12 student from St. Ambroise, is a master of the Red River jig and member of the St. Ambroise Youth Steppers Square Dance Team. She said she uses dance as a means of promoting Métis culture across Manitoba.
She has won numerous honours, including the title of Métis Miss Teen Manitoba in 2005, the National Métis Youth Role Model Award in 2006, the National Aboriginal Role Model Award in 2006-07 and a Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award in 2007.
MacLeod's award is based on his guidance of the TCIG, which has returned nearly $17 million in dividends to the tribal councils in the past 10 years, a cumulative return of nearly 1,000 times initial investments.