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Lisa Wilson Receives 2018 Saskatchewan Arts Award

Dec 21, 2018

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By James Oloo

Lisa Bird-Wilson, a Director at Gabriel Dumont Institute, has been named the 2018 RBC Emerging Artist Award recipient by the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

The Saskatchewan Arts Board announced recipients of the 2018 Awards to recognize and celebrate the contributions of individuals and organizations in Saskatchewan at its 70th anniversary event in Regina on October 25, 2018.

Lisa Bird-Wilson is an award-winning author whose books include An Institute of Our Own: A History of the Gabriel Dumont Institute (2011), Just Pretending (2013), and The Red Files (2016). Other than her literary prowess, Lisa is also an active member of the community.

As the founding board member of the Ânskohk Aboriginal Writers’ Circle, and founding president of the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Literacy Network, Lisa is renowned for her dedication and efforts in supporting other Indigenous writers. Her work has not gone unnoticed. Lisa was the recipient of the Premier’s Award for Leadership in Literacy Saskatoon in 2007, and YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 2014.

Other recipients of the 2018 Saskatchewan Arts Board Awards include Ken Mitchell (Lieutenant Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award), Marjorie Beaucage (Artistic Excellence Award), Felicia Gay (Leadership—Individual Award), Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (Leadership—Organization Award), Joseph Naytowhow (Arts and Learning Award), and Ellen Remai (Honorary Award).

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