FILU worker in Sioux Lookout recognized as recipient of 2020-21 Attorney General’s Victim Services Award of Distinction
Tim Brody - Editor
Shauna Pitawanakwat, a Family Information Liaison Unit (FILU) worker in the Sioux Lookout area, has been recognized as one of 15 recipients of the 2020-21 Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction.
The Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction, “recognizes the dedication and creativity of professionals and volunteers who serve victims, and the courageous efforts of individuals who have been personally impacted by crime and are now working to raise the profile of victims’ issues in Ontario, including in Indigenous, northern, and rural communities,” a description of the award states.
Attorney General Doug Downey shared through the following statement, “In the face of unprecedented challenges, these dedicated professionals, generous volunteers and outstanding organizations have demonstrated an irrepressible drive to raise awareness of victims’ issues, increase access to crisis intervention services and provide compassionate support in times of need.
“Our government is committed to protecting and supporting victims of crime and fostering the growth of safer communities. We will continue to work with and support community partners in every region to stand up for victims of crime and their families.
“Recipients of the Victim Services Awards of Distinction have made a lasting impact that leaves a growing legacy in service to victims of crime across Ontario.”
“Shauna Pitawanakwat is an Ahnishnabe from the Odawa/Potawatomi Nation, originating from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory of Manitoulin Island. She is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Shauna has worked as a Family Information Liaison Unit worker in the Sioux Lookout area, helping to support families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Northern Ontario, including those who spoke at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She has promoted healing and traditional practices for clients and their families and supported many commemorative events such as candlelight vigils and walks. Shauna’s persistence and attention to detail resulted in the reopening of an historic case involving the death of an Indigenous woman in Sioux Lookout. She has made a profound difference in the lives of people she has worked with and supported,” the award news release shared.
“I offer my sincere congratulations to each recipient, as well as the teams, networks of support and the communities they represent,” the Attorney General concluded.