Please consider participating in the opportunity to support Indigenous knowledge and achievement by making a gift to ohpinamakeYour gift to ohpinamake underscores the importance of the inclusion of cultural diversity, which is essential to ensure that artists have the equal access to resources and the same opportunities to gain recognition and develop their art.
Please join Jim and Marian, following their exemplary leadership, to make this bold vision a reality by contributing to the fund here.

deybwewin | taapwaywin | tapwewin: Indigenous Truth Policy

The name of this policy means truth – truth to self, truth to each other, truth to the ancestors, and truth to the land. The intent of deybwewin | taapwaywin | tapwewin (Saulteaux, Michif, Cree) is to protect Indigenous truth and space for everyone.

The University of Saskatchewan is committed to safeguarding the cultures and integrity of Indigenous peoples, Indigenous values, and Indigenous languages. The University is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We continue to grow our partnerships with Indigenous communities across the province, nationally and internationally and value the unique perspective that Indigenous students provide to strengthen these relationships. Only Indigenous candidates will be considered for this award

Verification of Indigenous Membership/Citizenship at the University of Saskatchewan is led and determined by the deybwewin | taapwaywin | tapwewin: Indigenous Truth Policy and Standing Committee in accordance with the processes developed to enact the policy. Verification of Indigenous Membership/Citizenship with documentation is a condition of receiving this award. 
Please visit: https://indigenous.usask.ca/indigenous-initiatives/deybwewin-taapwaywin-tapwewin.php to proceed through the verification system. If you have any questions or require additional information about deybwewin | taapwaywin | tapwewin please contact: indigenoustruthpolicy@usask.ca 

Past Recipients

The second annual recipient of ohpinamake is Joi T. Arcand.


Image Credit (left): Sweetmoon Photography

Joi T. Arcand is an artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory, currently residing on unceded Algonquin Territory in Ottawa, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2006. In 2018, Arcand was shortlisted for the prestigious Sobey Art Award. Her practice began in photography and has expanded to creating large-scale installations with a focus on nêhiyawêwin Syllabics.

Recent solo exhibitions include Central Art Garage (Ottawa, ON); College Art Galleries (Saskatoon, SK); ODD Gallery (Dawson City, Yukon); Wanuskewin Heritage Park (Saskatoon, SK); Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina, SK). Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Àbadakone at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON), Singing Mother Earth at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Busan, South Korea), and the National Gallery of Victoria Triennial in (Melbourne, Australia).

Arcand has been artist-in-residence at Wanuskewin Heritage Park (Saskatoon, SK); OCAD University (Toronto, ON); Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg, MB); the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff, AB); and Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (Dawson City, Yukon); and Harbourfront Centre (Toronto, ON).

Along with Felicia Gay, Arcand was the co-founder of the Red Shift Gallery, a contemporary Indigenous art gallery in Saskatoon. She was founder and editor of the Indigenous art magazine, kimiwan (2012-2014). She has curated various exhibitions including Language of Puncture at Gallery 101 (Ottawa, 2017), nākatēyimisowin, an outdoor mural exhibition in Ottawa. In her past role as Director of SAW Gallery’s Nordic Lab she curated The Travellers (Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018). She is now pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Cree degree at University nuhelotʼįne thaiyotsʼį nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills and is a member of the Ottawa-based art and curatorial collective Wolf Babe. 

The inaugural recipient of ohpinamake is KC Adams. 

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KC Adams is a Winnipeg-based artist who graduated from Concordia University with a B.F.A in studio arts. Adams has had several solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and been in three biennales including the PHOTOQUAI: Biennale des images du monde in Paris, France. Adams participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, the Confederation Art Centre in Charlottetown, the National Museum of the American Indian and the Parramatta Arts Gallery in Australia. Her work is in many permanent collections Nationally and Internationally. Twenty pieces from the Cyborg Hybrid series are in the permanent collection of the National Art Gallery in Ottawa and four trees from Birch Bark Ltd, are in the collection of the Canadian Consulate of Australia, NSW. She was the scenic designer for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Going Home Star: Truth and Reconciliation. She helped design a 30-foot public art sculpture called Niimamaa for the Winnipeg Forks and a piece for the United Way of Winnipeg called Community. Adams was awarded the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Making A Mark Award and Canada's Senate 150 medal recipient for her accomplishments with her Perception Photo Series. KC is now an author with her book Perception: A Photo Series that Quill & Quire. chose as one of 2019 Books of the Year.

ohpinamake Application


Announcing the third iteration of this award for Indigenous artists whose territories intersect with the
current colonial borders of Canada, ohpinamake.
The award is made possible through the partnership of Jim Knock (BE ‘76) and Marian Knock with the University of Saskatchewan. The partnership was established with the express purpose of creating an award that acknowledges the unique capacity of art to bridge differences, but also to make things different.
In development over the course of several years, we were grateful to offer the inaugural opportunity at the historical moment as we came through the COVID 19 pandemic and marked the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th of 2021. Naming this day is the delivery of Call #80 from the 94 Calls to Action produced by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2015. The Calls to Action were a mapping out of necessary steps towards conciliation with Indigenous peoples and a more just world. It was in this spirit that we began the process of bringing into being the intentions of Jim and Marian Knock in consultation with Indigenous community members.
The name, ohpinamake, was brought forward by Elders and authors Louise Bernice Halfe and Maria Campbell, alongside the artist and educator, Ruth Cuthand. ohpinamake means “to lift others” in nêhiyawêwin.
In further conversation with community, we have endeavoured to remove the systemic barriers that keep Indigenous artists and others from accessing opportunities like this. From this space of engaged listening we will continue to develop both the processes of application, adjudication, and the possible outcomes of ohpinamake over the next three years.
The artist will be chosen by a jury of cultural workers and community members and will receive $10,000.00.

The application form has only two questions, but they are important ones to ensure the jurors can understand well how your work activates the principals and intention of the award of this award. 

What is your relationship to community?

How does your work lift others?

There is also an opportunity to upload media.
We suggest you assemble multiple images into a single pdf, or if you are wanting to link to online media like websites, video, or audio, please make a list of the links with content descriptions as well as any passwords required for the jurors to access them, and then submit that as a .pdf

If you are unsure how to do this please see our pdf tutorial. Tutorial - Converting Images to a Single PDF

The next Application will go live June 21st, 2024.


Nous annonçons la troisième édition de ce prix pour les artistes autochtones dont les territoires coïncident avec les frontières coloniales actuelles du Canada: ohpinamake.

Ce prix est rendu possible grâce à un partenariat entre Jim Knock (baccalauréat en ingénierie, 1976) et Marian Knock, et l’Université de la Saskatchewan. Ce partenariat a été établi afin de créer un prix reconnaissant la capacité de l’art à surmonter les différences et à changer les choses.

Nous sommes reconnaissant·e·s de pouvoir offrir cette opportunité, en développement depuis plusieurs années, pour la première fois, surtout à ce moment particulier de l’histoire où nous commençons à émerger de la pandémie de COVID-19 et avons récemment marqué la toute première Journée nationale de la vérité et de la réconciliation, le 30 septembre 2021. Le fait de nommer cette journée est une réponse directe à l’appel à l’action 80, l’un des 94 appels à l’action élaborés par la Commission de vérité et réconciliation du Canada en 2015. Les appels à l’action servaient à établir les étapes nécessaires pour une conciliation avec les peuples autochtones et pour un monde plus juste. C’est dans ce même esprit que nous avons commencé à concrétiser les intentions de Jim et Marian Knock en consultation avec des membres de communautés autochtones.

Le nom ohpinamake a été proposé par les aînés et auteures Louise Bernice Halfe et Maria Campbell, en collaboration avec l’artiste et éducatrice Ruth Cuthand. ohpinamake est un mot nêhiyawêwin qui signifie « élever les autres ».

Après d’autres discussions avec la communauté, nous voulons également nous efforcer d’éliminer les barrières systémiques qui préviennent les artistes autochtones et d’autres personnes d’accéder à des opportunités comme celle-ci. En demeurant à l’écoute de manière engagée, nous allons continuer de développer les processus de candidature, de sélection, ainsi que les résultats possibles d’ohpinamake pendant les trois années à suivre.

L’artiste sélectionné·e, qui recevra un montant de 10 000 $, sera choisi·e par un jury de personnes travaillant dans le milieu de la culture et de membres de la communauté.

Le formulaire de candidature ne comporte que deux questions, mais elles sont importantes pour permettre aux jurés de bien comprendre comment votre travail met en œuvre les principes et l'intention de l'attribution de ce prix.

Quelle est votre relation au communautaire?

Comment votre art arrive-t-il à élever les gens?

Il est également possible de télécharger des médias.
Nous vous suggérons d'assembler plusieurs images en un seul fichier pdf, ou si vous souhaitez créer des liens vers des médias en ligne tels que des sites web, des vidéos ou des fichiers audio, veuillez dresser une liste des liens avec une description du contenu ainsi que les mots de passe nécessaires pour que les jurés puissent y accéder, puis soumettez le tout sous forme de fichier .pdf.

If you would like to submit multiple images they need to be placed in one pdf file for uploading. If you are unsure how to do this please see our pdf tutorial. Tutorial - Converting Images to a Single PDF

La prochaine application sera mise en ligne le 21 Juin 2024.


ᐃᓕᑕᕆᔭᐅᔾᔪᑎ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᕈᖅᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᓐᓂᖏᑦᑎᒍᑦ ᔨᒥ ᓈᒃ (BE ’76) ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒥᐅᕆᐊᓐ ᓈᒃ ᓯᓚᑦᑐᓴᕐᕕᔾᔪᐊᖓᓂ ᓴᔅᑳᑦᓱᐊᓐ. ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᓐᓂᖅ ᓴᖅᑭᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᓪᓗᐊᑕᖃᖅᓱᑎᒃ ᓴᖅᑮᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᔪᒥᒃ ᐊᔾᔨᐅᖏᑦᑑᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᖏᓐᓅᖓᔪᑦ ᑲᓱᖅᑎᑕᐅᖁᓪᓗᒋᓪᓗ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᓐᓂᖏᑦ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᒍᓐᓃᑦᑎᑦᓯᓂᐅᒥᓗᓂ.

ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓂ ᐊᓂᒍᖅᑐᓂ, ᖁᔭᓕᕗᒍᑦ ᒪᓂᒪᑎᒋᐊᖓ ᑖᓐᓇ ᐊᐅᓚᔾᔭᒋᐊᙵᕐᓂᐅᔪᒧᑦ ᐱᕕᖃᕐᓂᖅ ᐅᕙᓂ ᐊᑑᑎᒋᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᑑᑎᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᑕ ᓄᕙᔾᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19−ᒥᒃ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᒍᑕᐅᑦᓱᓂᓗ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐸᑦᓯᐊᒥᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐅᓪᓗᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂᒃ ᓱᓕᔪᕐᓂᐊᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒋᐊᖃᑎᒌᓐᓂᕐᒧᓪᓗ ᐅᓪᓗᖅ ᓯᑦᑕᕝᕙ 30, 2021. ᑕᐃᔭᐃᓪᓗᓂ ᑖᓐᓇ ᐅᓪᓗᖅ ᐅᖄᓚᔪᒧᑦ #80 ᐅᖄᓚᔪᓂᒃ 94ᕝᓂᒃ ᐊᐅᓚᔾᔭᒋᐊᖁᔨᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓱᓕᔪᕐᓂᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒋᐊᖃᑎᒌᓐᓂᕐᒧᓪᓗ ᑎᓕᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ 2015−ᒥ. ᐊᐅᓚᔾᔭᒋᐊᖁᔨᔪᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᔭᐃᒍᑕᐅᔪᒻᒪᑕ ᐊᐅᓚᔾᔭᒋᐊᕈᑕᐅᒋᐊᓕᓐᓂᒃ ᑲᓱᖃᑎᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᐋᖅᑭᒋᐊᖅᓯᒪᓂᖅᓴᐅᓗᓂᓗ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᖅ. ᑕᕝᕙᓂ ᐊᐅᓚᓂᕆᓯᒪᔭᖓ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᓯᒪᑦᓱᑕ ᑐᕌᒐᕆᓯᒪᔭᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᔨᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒥᐊᕆᐊᓐ ᓈᒃ ᑐᑭᓯᓂᐊᖃᑎᖃᖅᓱᑕ ᓄᓇᖃᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᓕᓐᓂᒃ.
ᐊᑎᖅ, ᐅᐱᓂᒦᒃ, ᓯᕗᒧᑦᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᕐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑏᓐᓄᑦ ᓗᐃᔅ ᕗᓃᔅ ᕼᐋᓪᕝ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒪᕆᐊ ᑳᒻᕗᓪ, ᐃᓚᖃᖅᓱᑎᒃ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᖅᑎᒥᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᑎᑦᓯᔨᒥᓪᓗ, ᕉᖦ ᑯᖤᓐ. ᐅᐱᓂᒦᒃ ᑐᑭᓕᒃ “ᖁᕝᕙᑎᑦᓯᓂᖅ ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒥᓂᒃ” ᓇᕿᔭᕙᕙᓐᒥᐅᑎᑐᑦ.
ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒋᒋᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᖅᓱᒋᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᓖᑦ, ᐃᓚᖏᑦ ᐱᔭᕋᓱᐊᖅᓯᒪᔭᕗᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᐳᖅᑕᕐᕕᐅᔪᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᓄᖅ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂᓪᓗ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᕕᑦᓴᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᑕᐃᒫᓪᓗᐊᖅ. ᑕᕝᕙᙵᑦ ᓈᓚᓪᓗᑕ ᑲᔪᓯᓂᐊᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᓯᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᑕᒪᒃᑮᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᐅᓚᓂᐅᔫᓐᓂᒃ ᑐᑦᓯᕋᐅᑎᓂ, ᐋᖅᑭᑦᑕᐅᔪᓂᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᖅᑭᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᓕᓐᓂᒃ ᐅᐱᓇᒦᒃ−ᒥᒃ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓂ ᑎᓴᒪᑦ ᐊᒡᒋᖅᑐᓂ.

ᓴᓇᐅᒐᖅᑎ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᓈᓚᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᓕᓐᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᓕᓐᓂᓪᓗ ᐊᐃᑦᑐᖅᑕᐅᒐᔭᖅᓱᓂ $10,000.00.

ᐱᓇᔪᖕᓂᐊᕐᓗᓂ ᑎᑎᕋᕆᐊᓕᒃ ᒪᕐᕈᐃᓐᓈᖕᓂᒃ ᐊᐱᖅᑯᑎᒃᓴᖃᖅᐳᖅ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᕗᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓈᓚᒃᑎᑦ ᑐᑭᓯᐊᑦᑎᐊᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᓯ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓲᖑᖕᒪᖔᑕ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑐᓐᓂᖅᑯᓯᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑖᔅᓱᒥᖓ ᑐᓐᓂᖅᑯᓯᐊᒥᒃ.

ᖃᓄᖅ ᑲᓲᒪᓂᖃᖅᑭᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᓕᓐᓄᑦ?

ᖃᓄᖅ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᑎᑦ ᖁᕝᕙᖅᑎᕆᕙᑉᐸᑦ ᐊᓯᓐᓂᒃ?

ᐱᕕᖃᕐᒥᔪᖅ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᕐᒧᐊᖅᑎᕆᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᓕᕆᔨᓂᒃ.
ᐃᒪᓐᓇᐅᖁᔨᓇᔭᖅᐳᒍᑦ, ᑲᑎᑎᑦᑎᓗᑎᑦ ᖃᔅᓯᑲᓪᓚᖕᓂᒃ ᐊᔾᔨᓂᒃ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᕐᒧᑦ ᒪᒃᐱᖅᑐᒐᕐᒧᑦ, ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐊᑦᑕᑕᕐᕕᐅᔪᒪᒍᕕᑦ ᐃᑭᐊᖅᑭᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓄᑦ ᓲᕐᓗ ᐃᑭᐊᖅᑭᕕᖕᓄᑦ, ᑕᕐᕆᔭᒐᒃᓴᓄᑦ, ᓂᐱᓄᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ, ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᓗᑎᑦ ᐊᑕᓂᕆᔭᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᐃᓗᓕᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᖃᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᐃᓯᕈᓐᓇᐅᑎᓄᑦ ᐱᔭᐅᔭᕆᐊᓕᖕᓄᑦ ᓈᓚᒃᑎᓄᑦ ᐊᑐᕈᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᐃᓛᒃ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᑐᓐᓂᖅᑯᑕᐅᓕᕐᒥᓗᓂ .pdf

If you would like to submit multiple images they need to be placed in one pdf file for uploading. If you are unsure how to do this please see our pdf tutorial. Tutorial - Converting Images to a Single PDF

The next Application will go live June 21st, 2024.