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William Needles

William (Bill) Needles, CM, actor, teacher (born 2 January 1919 in Yonkers, New York; died 12 January 2016 in Alliston, Ontario) William Needles is best known as a founding member of the Stratford Festival, where he appeared in over 100 roles.

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Brian Bedford

Brian Bedford, actor, director (born 16 February 1935 in Morley, England; died 13 January 2016 in Santa Barbara, California). Brian Bedford was an award-winning actor best known for his work at the Stratford Festival and on Broadway.

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Benoît Lacroix

​Benoît Lacroix (born Joachim Lacroix), OC, GOQ,Dominican priest, theologian, philosopher, medievalist, historian, literary critic and university professor (born 8 September 1915 in Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse, Québec; died 2 March 2016 in Montréal, Québec).

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Doris McCarthy

Doris McCarthy, CM, painter, teacher, writer (Born 7 July 1910 in Calgary, AB; died 25 November 2010 in Toronto, ON). Doris McCarthy is best known for her vast array of abstracted Canadian landscape paintings.

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Brian McKeever

Brian McKeever, cross-country skier (born 18 June 1979 in Calgary, AB). McKeever has won 17 medals in men’s cross-country skiing and biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games between 2002 and 2018.

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Indigenous Territory

Indigenous territory — also referred to as traditional territory — describes the ancestral and contemporary connections of Indigenous peoples to a geographical area. Territories may be defined by kinship ties, occupation, seasonal travel routes, trade networks, management of resources, and cultural and linguistic connections to place.

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Métis National Council

The Métis National Council represents more than 350,000 members of the Métis Nation, defined as Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and parts of Ontario, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.

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Jean Lapierre

Jean C. Lapierre, lawyer, politician, co-founder of the Bloc Québécois, and media commentator (born 7 May 1956 in the Magdalen Islands, QC; died there 29 March 2016).

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Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan, CM, soprano, conductor (born 1971 in Waverley, NS). Operatic soprano and orchestra conductor Barbara Hannigan is known across Europe and North America for her innovative performances in the operatic canon and modern operas, and for being one of the few women orchestra conductors. She is perhaps best known for singing in concerts that she conducts, and for concerts that verge on performance art. A Member of the Order of Canada, her recordings have won Gramophone Awards, a Juno Award, a Grammy Award and other prestigious honours. She was named France’s Musical Personality of the Year in 2013.

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Hazel McCallion

​Hazel McCallion, businesswoman, athlete, politician, mayor of Mississauga from 1978 to 2014 (born 14 February 1921 in Port Daniel, QC). One of Canada's longest-serving mayors, McCallion led her city for 12 consecutive terms, only retiring at age 93. Nicknamed “Hurricane Hazel” for her brash political style, she oversaw the development of Mississauga from a semi-rural bedroom community into the sixth-largest city in Canada. McCallion is considered a trailblazer for women in politics.

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Don Iveson

​Donald L. Iveson, university student advocate, journalist, mayor of Edmonton (born 30 May 1979 in St. Albert, AB).