Metis Author Recognized by National Arts Council

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 12:52



Renowned Saskatchewan Metis author Maria Campbell has been given a prestigious honour by the Canada Council for the Arts.


Campbell is one of two people nation-wide to receive a 50-thousand-dollar Molson Prize this year.


The Molson Prize recognizes outstanding lifetime contributions to the cultural and intellectual life of Canada.


Campbell is currently a professor at the University of Saskatchewan and lives in Batoche.


The Canada Council for the Arts says it’s recognizing Campbell for her contribution to Canadian and Aboriginal literature and her significant impact on the cultural evolution of Canada.


The council says her breakthrough memoir, entitled “Halfbreed”, changed perceptions of the Metis experience forever and says her status as an inspiration to Aboriginal people is unparalleled.