Public recognition

• Winner of the 28th Grand Prize of the Montreal Council of Arts, film category, 2012.

Honorable Mention Award at Plural + Festival of the UN, organized by The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

2011 Rights and Freedoms Prize awarded by the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse for the work achieved with Aboriginal youth. 

Prize for the best Canadian initiative among 266 entries to the Ashoka Changemakers Initiative: Inspiring approaches to help the learning for Aboriginal First Nations, Métis and Inuit. 

Significant Aboriginal partners and prestigious international organizations have recognized the innovation and impact of Wapikoni Mobile among Aboriginal youth:

The Organization of American States sites Wapikoni Mobile in their collection of successful practices in 2011, as part of the "cultural initiatives that have influenced certain aspects of development, such as reduced rates of violence, poverty and dropout among others, which have led to the creation of more just and egalitarian societies." 

The 2007-2017 Director’s Plan for the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) describes Wapikoni Mobile as a "catalyst project promoting cultural identity and empowerment"; 

An independent evaluation commissioned by Public Safety Canada in 2007, confirms the impact of the project and stressed that Wapikoni Mobile helped participants’ life trajectory for the better; 

The International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) has devoted an entire section to Wapikoni Mobile in its Code of exemplary practices issued in 26 countries in 2009; 

Moreover, Manon Barbeau, founding director, was honored several times for her work with the Wapikoni Mobile and among First Nations youth: 

Award for community excellence, TELUS 2012; 

• Appointed Personality of the Week by La Presse / Radio-Canada in April 2012; 

2012 Businesswoman Award OBNL category, by the Réseau des femmes d’affaires du Québec; 

• Nominated International Public Figure Award at the 2012 CERIUM (Center for International Studies and Research); 

Canadian Ashoka Fellow in 2009, an international organization that supports 2,000 innovative social entrepreneurs with the aim to enhance their impact on society; 

• 2010 UQÀM Recognition Award for the ensemble of her entire career and her commitment to Aboriginal youth.