Edna Nabess is a member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation. Born and raised in Cormorant, Manitoba, Edna has travelled extensively throughout the north.
Edna's mother was a residential school survivor who taught Edna traditions of her Cree culture such as tanning hides, beadwork and making moccasins. These skills have provided her with a solid foundation that enabled her to make a living as a business woman and provide for her five children. Using her skills and traditional knowledge, Edna has become a well-known artisan creating one-of-a-kind designs. She is a founding member of the Manitoba Artist Showcase and has received numerous awards for her designs throughout Manitoba. In 2009, Edna received the Aboriginal Business Service Network Award.
Edna gives back to the community by participating in multiple charitable events and fundraising activities. She believes strongly in empowering her community by mentoring other women and youth, passing on traditional skills and knowledge.
Edna raised her five children and is now the proud grandmother of ten grandchildren. She looks forward to working hard to build a better future for the communities of Kewatinook