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The Cree Native Arts and Crafts association announces 3rd Eeyou Istchee achievement awards ceremony to recognize Cree artists and artisans in Eeyou Istchee.

Ouje-Bougoumou, Qc; September 25, 2018 – The Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association is proud to announce its’ 3rd Eeyou Istchee Achievement Awards. The event will take place at the Nemaska Sports Complex in the Cree community of Nemaska on October 24, 2018 commencing at 6 o’clock in the evening.

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.

This year’s ceremony will highlight five awards to individuals for their hard work and dedication in keeping our traditions alive and thriving.

What: 3rd Eeyou Istchee Achievement Awards (hosted by Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association)

When: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 6:00 P.M to 10:00 P.M (EDT)

Where: Sports Complex, 25 Rd Lake Shore, Nemaska, QC

This event is held in conjunction with the Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association’s Annual General Assembly, October 24 & 25, 2018. This year’s theme for the Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association is: “Chiiyaanuu: Focus on Eeyou Arts and Crafts.” For the past few years, the Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association has made progress in the attempt to provide the services and programs required by the artistic communities of Eeyou Istchee. This years’ theme is to promote additional support for our artists and artisans while encouraging the Cree leadership and communities to create partnership to increase the production of works of art done by our people. Our goal is to give the opportunity to our artists and artisans to flourish and continue to create the beautiful works of art in Eeyou Istchee. As leaders, we can make a difference in the lives of artists and artisans.

Awards to be presented:


Originally from Mistissini, Buckley Petawabano is seen as an icon of Cree influence in the media. This award is given to a person who is driven and pushed themselves to excellence in order to make a substantial contribution in the area of journalism, film, radio, television, video, storytelling, writer, theater and/or acting


This award honors an individual who has achieved a high level of success over his or her lifetime. The individual’s contribution may be in any one of the various art forms; music, literature, visual arts, crafts or media.


There are many artists in Eeyou Istchee who are committed to bringing their art to a professional level. This award acknowledges these individuals hard work and dedication and shines a light on those who are forging their way to become a full-time artist.


This award not only celebrates artists who have taken a traditional art form and re-created it to make it their own, but who have also taken the initiative to promote their art either locally and/or regionally. These artists may have discovered a way to use traditional music in a new way, use unique materials to exhibit their creativity or development a new spin on exercising media or literature.


Every great fiddler group needs a great fiddler. For all the new dancing groups, fresh fiddlers have been working their way towards the stage. The best fiddler award will be bestowed upon an individual who has become “the fiddler to call”, when a dance is to be held.

For more information:

Roxanne Mianscum
Communication & Marketing Officer
(418) 745-2444 x 3693

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