Created in 1992, the awards are presented annually to "Canadians whose accomplishments have inspired and enriched the cultural life of our country,"
Tantoo Cardinal, the iconic Indigenous actress from Northern Alberta, was named a 2020 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards recipient for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in Canada today.
Cardinal joins other 2020 inductees including actress Catherine O'Hara, actor Ryan Reynolds, Canadian singer/songwriter, and First Nations artist Florent Vollant, composer Alexina Louie, choreographer Zab Maboungou and volunteer Lynda Hamilton, at the April 24 induction ceremony in Ottawa, Canada.
In a career spanning 50 years and more than 120 films, television and theatre roles, Cardinal has helped transform the face of film and television when it comes to portraying Indigenous people and stories.
One of the most widely recognized First Nations actors of her generation, she has portrayed complex and diverse characters and challenged negative stereotypes of Indigenous culture and communities.
As a performer, mentor, and cultural and environmental activist, she has blazed a trail with her talent, widening and improving the path for others to follow.
She is a co-star on the hit ABC TV series "Stumptown." She has held recurring and guest roles in TV series including "SEE," "Godless," "Penny Dreadful," "Frontier," "Street Legal," "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," "North of 60," "Moccasin Flats," "Mohawk Girls," "Longmire," and "Outlander."