Tantoo Cardinal receives Governor General’s Performing Arts Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

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


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

Her more 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, her credits include recurring roles on the series SEE, Westworld, Longmire, Mohawk Girls, Frontier, Blackstone, Arctic Air, The Guard, North of 60 and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Also, Cardinal has had several guest-starring roles, including Penny Dreadful, Strange Empire, The Lightning Field, Street Legal, The Campbells, Gunsmoke, Tom Stone, Myth Quest, Lonesome Dove and Renegade.

Additionally, she has starred in TV movies which include The Englishman's BoyDreamkeeper, the PBS documentary Nobody's Girls and the mini-series Godless.

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

She is a Member of the Order of Canada. Her other awards and honours include a Gemini Award, the Earle Grey Award (Canadian Screen Award) for lifetime achievement, the ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence, the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award (Toronto Film Critics Association), the Birks Diamond Women in Film Award, and honorary doctorates from four universities.





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