On behalf of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA) we want to thank you for you generous donation and contribution to the Indigenous Voice Awards. We are grateful for all your support, as you have gone above and beyond helping us surpass our initial goal by more than $100,000.00! This much needed money has gone into a Trust Fund with the Ontario Arts Foundation and will be used for the awards themselves in addition to mentorship, professionalization, and creative collaboration among applicants, jurors, and other members of the Indigenous artistic community. Not only is the dollar amount that you have helped us raise important, but so is the number of you who have donated. You have given each of our writers the knowledge that, in addition to our judges, there are 1,573 people who believe in them and are willing to back their writing. This contribution of faith is invaluable. We thank you for your gift of time, money, and love.
Our inaugural gala will be held this month on Tuesday May 29th in Regina, Saskatchewan (original place name Wascana or oskana kâ-asastêki) as part of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association 4th Annual Gathering. Because of your donations we are pleased to be giving out $25,000 in prizes to eight emerging Indigenous writers from across lands claimed by Canada. For this inaugural year we have had the privilege of having judges Shelagh Rogers, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (Anishinaabe), Rodney Saint-Eloi, Gregory Scofield (Métis), Richard Van Camp (Tlicho Dene), Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau and Jean Sioui.
For this year, our first awards, we have focused solely on emerging writers but in the future, the Indigenous Voices Awards (IVAs) will be offering two yearly awards, for emerging writers and established writers respectively. We will also be working on expanding the categories.
If you or anyone you know are looking to donate more, there is plenty of time to do so, on either the link on this website or directly through the Ontario Arts Foundation website, which will then provide for you a charitable receipt. Go to: http://ontarioartsfoundation.on.ca/donations/new and using the drop down menu, choose to donate to the Indigenous Voices Awards Fund.
If you would like to continue to receive updates and letters about current and future Indigenous Voices Awards please send an email to IVawards@sfu.ca to be added to our mailing list . We will be sending updates about winners, contributors, and plans for the future of the awards. See the impact you have had on Indigenous artistic communities across the country!
It is understood that without their financial contributions the campaign to establish the awards and prizes would not have been achieved.
In the many languages of Our Nations on Turtle Island, we extend our gratitude.
kinana'skomitinan - Cree
Miigwech - Anishnaabe
Niá:wen ki’ wáhi - Mohawk
Kukwstsétselp - Secwepemc
nitsíniiyi'taki - Blackfoot
Háw'aa - Haida
Huy ch q'u - Hul'q'umi'num
Wela’lioq - Míkmaq
Marci - Michif