INVITATION TO MEDIA and INTERESTED ALBERTANS
June 11, 2019
On June 17, 2019 Her Honour, the Hon. Lois E. Mitchell CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant
Governor of Alberta will announce three winners of the 2019 Distinguished Artist Award
and welcome the Battle River Group, hosts of the September 21, 2019 Distinguished
Artist awards ceremony in Maskwacis, Alberta.
This year marks the first time in the 15-year history of the Lieutenant Governor of
Alberta Arts Awards to be celebrated in First Nation territory.
When: 1:30 PM, Monday June 17
Where: Government House, 12845 -102 Avenue, Edmonton
Opening Prayer - Elder Roy Louis
Her Honour Lois E Mitchell CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
Battle River Group – Chief Vernon Saddleback, Samson Cree Nation; Elder Roy Louis
and Dr. Jane Ross, event co-chairs
Maskwacis Dancers with accompaniment
2019 Distinguished Artists announced
Event will be held outdoors, weather permitting.
The Battle River Group is comprised of Indigenous, settler and immigrant
representatives from all along the Battle River. The Distinguished Artist Awards
ceremonies in Maskwacis on September 21 will culminate a month of activities
throughout the Battle River Region to celebrate the deep connections of the land, its
people and the arts.
For information please contact:
Kathy Classen, Executive Director
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards
About the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards
Founded in 2003, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards are
among the most prestigious and valuable such awards in Canada, consisting of a
$30,000 cash prize and a two-week residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
for each of three new awardees.