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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


January 24, 2004 - Issue 105


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National Aboriginal Achievement Awards announced

by CBC News Online

2004 recipient Basil JohnstonTORONTO - 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.

In 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.

"The 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."

Bell, a social activist and former symphony conductor, established the awards in 1993 to recognize and celebrate excellence in the aboriginal community.

This 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.

Each year, a national jury comprising representatives of aboriginal groups from across Canada and past award recipients select the winners.

The 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.


OFFICIAL SITE: Full list of 2004 National Aboriginal Achievement Award-winners

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