(TORONTO, ON) Sylvia Maracle, Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC), has been appointed to the Order of Canada.
“On behalf of the Board and staff of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, I would like to congratulate Sylvia Maracle on her appointment to the Order of Canada,” said OFIFC Board President Susan Barberstock. “This honour is most deserved, and recognizes the significant advancements Sylvia has made for urban Indigenous peoples over the past 40 years. The Friendship Centre movement in Canada would not be the same without her.”
Maracle has been a prominent leader in the Friendship centre movement for more than 40 years. Under her leadership, she has led advancements in justice, health, employment, housing, poverty, and women’s issues for urban Indigenous peoples. Most recently, she has contributed significantly to the national work to end violence against Indigenous women.
“It is a true honour,” said Maracle on the appointment. “My hope is that this award continues to keep the issues of urban Indigenous people at the forefront of our national dialogue. There is still so much work to do.”
Maracle will accept her insignia alongside five other appointees at a special presentation at Rideau Hall on Monday, June 19. She is joined by Members of the Tragically Hip Gord Downie, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois, and Gord Sinclair.
Maracle is also a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient, and holds two Honorary Doctorates from the University of Guelph and York University. She has also been awarded a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in Public Service.
Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres