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29 Indigenous writers honoured with $10K Indigenous Art Awards

Richard Van Camp, Tomson Highway, Eden Robinson, Katherena Vermette and Drew Hayden Taylor are among the recipients.
From left: Richard Van Camp, Tomson Highway, Eden Robinson, Katherena Vermette and Drew Hayden Taylor are among the winners of the 2017 Indigenous Art Awards. (Mark Mushet/ClutchPR/Chris Young/CBC/drewhaydentaylor.com)

The Hnatyshyn Foundation has revealed the 150 Indigenous artists who will each receive $10,000 as winners of the REVEAL Indigenous Arts Awards.

The one-time prize was created to honour Indigenous artists, writers, dancers, musicians, craftspeople and actors. Twenty-nine writers, poets and playwrights are on the list, including Katherena Vermette, whose debut novel The Break was a Canada Reads 2017 finalist, Eden Robinson, Tomson Highway, Drew Hayden Taylor, Richard Van Camp and Louise Bernice Halfe.

Check out all the names of the Indigenous writers below, with some of their work:

All 150 artists will be invited to gather at a ceremony on May 22 in Winnipeg.

CORRECTION: This article originally stated that 26 Indigenous writers were honoured. However, three writers were omitted: poet Cliff Cardinal, author Louis-Karl Picard-Soui and playwright Yves Sioui Durand.

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