Although Shirley Cheechoo hasn’t appeared on screen in over a decade, the Cree actor and filmmaker says it’s an honour to be recognized for her career and contributions to the film industry.
She is the recipient of the ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival’s 2021 August Schellenberg Award.
Named after August “Augie” Schellenberg, it is given annually to an Indigenous actor based on the longevity and impact of their career, as well as their involvement in mentorship and community work.
“I was very honoured to have actually received the award because I’ve worked with Augie,” said Cheechoo.
“He was a