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Esk’etemc chief to receive meritorious service award

Chief Charlene Belleau of the Esketemc First Nation. Bill Phillips photo
Chief Charlene Belleau of the Esk’etemc First Nation. Bill Phillips photo

Esk’etemc First Nation Chief Charlene Belleau will be among 45 Canadians recognized for their service to the country by Governor General Julie Payette.

Belleau will receive a meritorious service decoration at a Government House in Victoria on Wednesday.

“Chief Charlene Belleau is a catalyst for change in her home community of Esk’etemc First Nation, near Williams Lake, as well as throughout British Columbia and across the country,” reads her bio for the award. “An advocate for improved health and social programs, a supporter of residential school survivors and of reconciliation, and a leader in the campaign to end violence against women, she is dedicated to community healing and to building respectful relationships.”

The Governor General presents honours on behalf of all Canadians in communities across the country to help share inspiring stories, celebrate tremendous contributions to our society and connect with Canadians. From community volunteers to scientists, from actors to members of the military, from scholars to everyday citizens, Canadians earn our applause and gratitude. For more information about honours or to nominate someone who inspires you, visit The ceremony will be streamed live online at, starting at 2 p.m. PDT.


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