ANSWER: When a medal or medallion is given it activates a relationship between the giver and receiver. The circle, as represented by medallions, is a symbol of interconnectivity between the natural world, self, family, community, and society. The creation of medallions today celebrates the beauty of Indigenous cultural practices and can be seen in part as a form of resistance, resilience, and flourishing. Every sport represented by the Indigenous Hall of Famers connects back to the air; one reason for this is because the air we all breathe sustains our bodies.
Between 1992 and 2014, Colette Bourgonje competed in seven Paralympic Winter Games and three Paralympic Games winning a total of ten medals. Courtesy of Colette Bourgonje.
Joe Keeper was very proud of his service in the First World War as he felt it helped show his devotion for our country and our way of life. Courtesy of Joe Keeper.
Tom Longboat medallion awarded to Ross Powless. He won the regional Tom Longboat Award in 1951 and 1952. Courtesy of the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition, 1984.30.3