november 11, 2021

4th Eeyou Istchee Achievement Awards

The Cree Native Arts and Crafts Association is proud to present the 4th Eeyou Istchee Achievement Awards 2021. The award ceremony will be held online and broadcast via Facebook on Nov 11, 2021.

The CNACA Eeyou Istchee Achievement Awards is a way to present, promote, and bring recognition to our Cree artists and artisans for their outstanding contribution and exemplary dedication to the arts in Eeyou Istchee

Nomination Period

Sept 15 - Oct 15, 2021

Nominations start on the 15th of September and will end at midnight, October 15, 2021. All nominees must be Cree beneficiaries under the JBNQA.

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Award Categories

Buckley Petawabano Award

The Buckley Petawabano Award is named after Buckley Petawabano who is regarded as an icon of Cree influences in the media. The award recognizes excellence in the media field.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual who has achieved a high level of success over his or her lifetime.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award acknowledges an individual’s hard work and dedication to their arts endeavor and who are committed to bringing their art to a professional level.

Self Innovator Award

The Self Innovator Award not only celebrates artists who have taken a traditional art form and re-fashioned it to make it their own, but also those who have taken their own initiative to promote their art either locally and/or regionally.

Best Fiddler Award

The Best Fiddler award is awarded to the best fiddler in Eeyou Istchee.

Visual Arts Award

Presented to an artist who has achieved excellence or has made a significant contribution to the visual arts scene in any medium, including painting, carving, sculpture, ceramics, photography, drawing, etc.

Performing Arts Award

Presented to an artist or group who has achieved excellence or has made a significant contribution to the field of performing arts, including theater, music, dance, etc.

Traditional Arts Award

Presented to an artist or artisan who has achieved excellence or has made a significant contribution to Eeyou traditional arts and crafts

Contemporary Arts Award

Presented to an artist or artisan who has achieved excellence and innovation in utilizing Eeyou traditional arts and crafts as an inspiration for creating contemporary art.

Multidisciplinary Arts Award

Presented to an artist who has achieved excellence or has made a significant contribution to the field of multidisciplinary arts, including multimedia, storytelling, and literature.

CNACA Arts Leadership Award

This award honors an organization or group that advances, contribute to the preservation of, or whose vision and leadership provide heightened visibility to the value of Cree arts and crafts.

Youth Artist of the Year

The Youth Artist of the Year recognizes young Crees’ contributions to the arts in Eeyou Istchee. The award aims to promote a positive image of young people, to generate awareness of the valuable contributions that youth make to our community, and to encourage and support their continued engagement and creativity in the arts and crafts sector.

Eeyou Istchee Achievement Awards

Winners from 2018

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