It’s a set of awards quite unlike any seen before in Canada, both in scale and scope.
The winners of the REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards have been announced, with 150 artists each receiving $10,000—for a total of $1.5 million in cash awards disbursed. The aim of this one-time-only REVEAL prize? To “fuel Indigenous arts practice for the next 150 years,” says the Hnatyshyn Foundation. Practitioners in a wide range of art forms are being honoured, including visual artists, media artists, craftspeople, musicians, writers, storytellers, dancers and actors.
Of the 150 artists selected to receive an award, 11 are from the North, 40 are from BC, 26 are from the Prairies, 50 are from Ontario, 18 are from Quebec and five are from the Atlantic region.
Among the visual artists who are receiving the prize are Shuvinai Ashoona, Meryl McMaster, Shelley Niro, Ruth Cuthand, Kent Monkman and Christi Belcourt. Writers include Tomson Highway, Eden Robinson and Drew Hayden Taylor. Musicians include Tanya Tagaq and Bear Witness. Filmmaker Caroline Monnet and theatre practitioner Tara Beagan are also among those being honoured, as is Canadian Art Indigenous editor-at-large Lindsay Nixon.
The laureates have been invited to receive their awards on May 22 during a ceremony in Winnipeg that includes National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Mayor of Winnipeg Brian Bowman and Canada Council CEO Simon Brault as speakers.
Laureates were selected by a national jury of peers led by Victoria Henry, chair of the Hnatyshyn Foundation.
Here, in alphabetical order, is the complete list of REVEAL Indigenous Art Award winners:
Joe Jaw Ashoona
Kenny Alvin Baird
Mary Anne Barkhouse
Louise Bernice Halfe
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Raven Kanatakta Polson-Lahache
Isabella Rose Rowan-Weetaluktuk
Armand Garnet Ruffo
Yves Sioui Durand
doug smarch jr
Drew Hayden Taylor
Richard Van Camp
Lavinia Van Heuvelen
Niki (Nicole) Watts
Karen Lee White
Roxann Karonhiarokwas Whitebean
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
This article was corrected on April 17, 2017. The original copy referred to five of the winning artists as being from “the Maritimes”—a term that does not include Newfoundland and Labrador. This has been corrected to “the Atlantic region,” a term which does include Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI.