Awards or Recognition

2017 Distinguished Artist Award” from the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
2017 Honorary Degree, “Doctor of Letters” from University of British Columbia Alumni Association
2013 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
2010 Alberta Order of Excellence, Member – Investiture October 2010
Named one of Alberta's Most Influential People, Alberta Venture Magazine
University of Calgary Honourary Degree, Doctor of Laws
2008 Marion Nicoll Visual Arts Award, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2008 Governor General Award in Visual and Media Arts
2008 University of Alberta Honourary Degree (Doctorate of Laws)
2007 Member of the Order of Canada.
2005 Centennial Medal for outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta.
2002 National Aboriginal Lifetime Achievement Award.
2001 Tribal Chiefs Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.
2001 Cold Lake First Nations Lifetime Achievement Award.
1992 Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.
1985 Canada/China Cross Cultural Exchange Tour.

Art Education

1956-1960 Fine Arts Diploma, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta.
1956-1960 Private Tutoring from Professor Carlo Altenburg ,University of Alberta Extension Department


1960-1962 Art Instructor, University of Alberta Extension Department Community Art Classes, Various Northern Alberta Communities
Since 1971 Full time Artist
  Contributing Art Instructor at various colleges/schools
  Participation in Environmental and First Nations Issues
  Board Member Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  Research Coordinator Cold Lake First Nations Land Claims Negotiations
  Committee Member for planning of new Art College; Blue Quills First Nations College
  Numerous Thematic Residencies at The Banff Centre for the Arts


Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts