2018 MAYAA Recipient – Cultural FemaleLuana Moar is 18 years old. Her traditional name is Nimi Gazziziawaab nindizhinikaaz, and her clan is Migizi nindodem, She is a June 2019 graduate from the Seven Oaks Met School. Luana is a Sundancer, Pipe Carrier, and holds knowledge of Anishinaabe traditions. She will be studying polar regions on an expedition through Students on Ice. She mentors young Indigenous women and two spirited youth at Ka Ni Kanichihk's Sisters Circle program. Luana has done a range of internships at places like the Manitoba Museum, Red River College, and the University of Manitoba. She will also begin sitting on the board for the Circle of Life Thunderbird House. Luana was the recipient of the 2018 Cultural Female Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award and is honoured to be the 2019 Female MC for the Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards.
2018 MAYAA Recipient - Personal Achievement JuniorJustin Langan is a 20 year old Metis Youth from Swan River, Manitoba. He is heavily involved within the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) and has been involved with his Metis Culture from a young age. He is currently attending Assiniboine Community College (ACC) and is studying Interactive Media Arts, which has to do with filmmaking and journalism. He is Vice-Chair on the MMF Northwest Metis Youth Advisory Committee as well as Vice Chair on the MMF Provincial Youth Advisory Committee. Justin is also a youth representative on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Youth Advisory Council and the Manitoba Association of Friendship Centres’ Youth Engagement Committee. In his spare time Justin likes to watch movies, go to community events, bike, and walk his dog. Once he graduates from ACC he would like to become a filmmaker. Justin is the recipient of the 2018 Personal Achievement Junior Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award. He is honoured to be the Male MC for the 2019 Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards.