Created in 1992, the awards are presented annually to “Canadians whose achievements have inspired and enriched the cultural life of our country”

Tantoo Cardinal has appeared in over 120 film and television projects throughout her 48-year career. She has won numerous awards for her performances and is an Earle Gray recipient, Member of the Order of Canada and inducted into the CBC/Playback Hall of Fame. She has appeared in plays, TV shows, and movies, including Legends of the Fall, Dances with Wolves, Black Robe, Loyalties, Luna, Spirit of the Whale, Unnatural and Accidental, Marie-Anne, Sioux City, Silent Tongue, Mothers and Daughters and loyalties.

Her most recent feature films include her starring role in Falls around her and leading roles in Angelique’s Isle, Wind River, Through Black Spruce, The Corruption of the Divine, Maina, Chasing Shakespeare, Eden and hard powder.

On the small screen, his credits include recurring roles on the show. SEE, Westworld, Longmire, Mohawk Girls, Frontier, Blackstone, Arctic Air, The Guard, North of 60 and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Additionally, Cardinal has had several guest roles, including Penny DreadfulStrange EmpireLe Champ De FoudreStreet LegalLes CampbellGunsmokeTom StoneMyth QuestLonesome Dove and Renegade.

Additionally, she has starred in TV movies which include The English Boy, guardian of dreamsthe PBS documentary nobody’s daughters and the miniseries Impious.

Cardinal was born in Fort McMurray, Alberta in 1950 and grew up in the rural town of Anzac. A self-taught comedian, she was drawn to the profession by her desire to share and support the authentic stories and experiences of Indigenous peoples.

She is a member of the Order of Canada. His other awards and accolades include a Gemini Award, Earle Gray Lifetime Achievement Award (Canadian Screen Awards), ACTRA Toronto Lifetime Achievement Award, Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award (Toronto Film Critics Association) , the Birks Diamond Women in Film Award, and honorary doctorates from four universities.