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University of Saskatchewan,
Deadline: October 28, 2021 - January 15, 2022


January 15, 2022

Announcing a new award for Indigenous artists whose territories intersect with the
current colonial borders of Canada, ohpinamake.

The award is made possible through the partnership of Jim Knock (BE ‘76) and Marian Knock with the University of Saskatchewan. The partnership was established with the express purpose of creating an award that acknowledges the unique capacity of art to bridge differences, but also to make things different.

In development over the course of several years, we are grateful to offer this inaugural opportunity at this particular historical moment as we come through the COVID 19 pandemic and mark the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th of 2021. Naming this day is the delivery of Call #80 from the 94 Calls to Action produced by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2015. The Calls to Action were a mapping out of necessary steps towards conciliation with Indigenous peoples and a more just world. It is in this spirit that we began the process of bringing into being the intentions of Jim and Marian Knock in consultation with Indigenous community members.

The name, ohpinamake, was brought forward by Elders and authors Louise Bernice Halfe and Maria Campbell, alongside the artist and educator, Ruth Cuthand. ohpinamake means “to lift others” in nêhiyawêwin.

In further conversation with community, we have endeavoured to remove the systemic barriers that keep Indigenous artists and others from accessing opportunities like this. From this space of engaged listening we will continue to develop both the processes of application, adjudication, and the possible outcomes of ohpinamake over the next five years.

The artist will be chosen by a jury of cultural workers and community members and will receive $10,000.00.

Applications will be accepted until Jan. 15, 2022 and the recipient will be announced in the spring, exact date TBC.

For more information and to access the application form: