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$1.5 Million in New Indigenous-Art Awards Announced

This afternoon, the Hnatyshyn Foundation launched a new awards program that will provide some $1.5 million to Indigenous artists in 2017.

The REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards are intended to honour Indigenous Canadian artists working in six artistic categories—dance, music, theatre, literature, film/video (media arts) and visual arts/fine craft.

The program of awards and promotional activities includes 150 cash awards of $10,000 each. The awards will be given in 2017 to fuel the creation of new artistic works.

“The Indigenous Art Awards are a hugely significant contribution to our country’s continuing dialogue. These awards recognize that First Nations, Inuit, and Metis art is not just a cornerstone of Canada’s identity, but vital threads to its very fibre. I’m honoured to be involved in helping spread the message,” author Joseph Boyden, an honorary patron of the awards, said in a release.

Awards will be decided by a jury of peers.

The Hnatyshyn Foundation will begin accepting applications starting on March 1. The deadline for applications is June 1. More information will be available at

The Hnatyshyn Foundation is a private charity established by the late Governor General Ramon John Hnatyshyn. It intends to assist emerging and established artists with their education, training, and career development, and to promote the importance of the arts in our society.

The Indigenous Art Awards join a host of other awards sponsored by the Hnatyshyn Foundation, including the Fogo Island Arts Young Curator Residency, the Emerging Curator of Contemporary Canadian Art Award, and the Mid-Career Awards in the Visual Arts.

This post was corrected on February 27, 2016. The original erroneously stated that the total value of the awards was $150,000.

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Cori Derickson says:

Thank you.

Lucy Fern says:

I’m a new emerging muilti media artist …I’m a First Nation Dene community of Fond Du Lac in Northern remote Saskatchewan.

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