JULY 20, 1950

FIRST NATIONS ACTRESS TANTOO CARDINAL BORN

Cardinal, born in Fort McMurray, Alberta, of Métis descent, has acted in many notable films and TV series, including Spirit Bay, Dances with Wolves, Black Robe, Legends of the Fall, Smoke Signals and North of 60.  She was also in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation mini-series By Way of the Stars with Gordon Tootoosis and Eric Schweig.  In 2009, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada “for her contributions to the growth and development of Aboriginal performing arts in Canada, as a screen and stage actress, and as a founding member of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company.”  On August 23, 2011, Cardinal and dozens of others were arrested while protesting the proposed extension of the Keystone Pipeline.  In 2012, she performed the role of Regan in an all-aboriginal production of William Shakespeare‘s King Lear at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.  In 2017, she was named the winner of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television‘s Earle Grey Award for lifetime achievement. 

Source:  Lauren La Rose, “Tantoo Cardinal reflects prolific career ahead of Canadian Screen Awards,” The Canadian Press, 3/10/2017.  Retrieved 7/6/2019, https://www.680news.com/2017/03/10/tantoo-cardinal-reflects-on-prolific-career-ahead-of-canadian-screen-awards/
Photo:  Courtesy of The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.  Photo is copy of the version available at gg.ca; and not represented as an official version of the materials reproduced, nor as having been made, in affiliation with or with the endorsement of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.

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