- Ethnologist and author Basil Johnston and North of 60 star Tina
Keeper are among the 14 winners of the 2004 National Aboriginal
Achievement Awards announced Tuesday. About one-third of this year's
winners represent the arts and culture industry.
addition to the Ontario author of Indian School Days and the popular
Manitoba-born actress, the other arts winners are Nunavut carver
and printmaker Osuitok Ipeelee, British Columbian artist Susan Point
and Ontario-based Métis broadcaster Suzanne Rochon Burnett.
aboriginal community makes significant contributions and participates
in diverse ways that many Canadians are not aware of," awards
founder John Kim Bell said. "The National Aboriginal Achievement
Awards are highlighting the accomplishments of aboriginal people
and helping to move us closer to our dual goals of increasing education
and participation in the Canadian economy."
a social activist and former symphony conductor, established the
awards in 1993 to recognize and celebrate excellence in the aboriginal
year's remaining winners - including Andrew T. Delisle Sr., a former
Mohawk chief and the first aboriginal person named to the Order
of Canada, and Pearl Calahasen, the first Métis woman elected
in Alberta and its minister of Aboriginal affairs and northern development
- represent achievement in politics, education, social activism,
science and other career categories.
year, a national jury comprising representatives of aboriginal groups
from across Canada and past award recipients select the winners.
11th annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards take place in
Calgary on April 4 and will receive later broadcast as a network
special on CBC-TV and on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.
SITE: Full list of 2004
National Aboriginal Achievement Award-winners