Enduring Support for the Arts

2018 Recipients

Awards from the Foundation were first made in 2007. Awards have been made in years when funds have been available from the growing endowments, or when funds have been donated for specific annual awards.

These awards are made possible because of the generosity of our donors. Thank you for keeping the arts alive in Saskatchewan.

The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the expertise of the Saskatchewan Arts Board for the juried process.

The Colleen Bailey Memorial Fund – Carol Daniels, Regina Beach

Carol Rose GoldenEagle is a Saskatchewan Author of award-winning novel BEARSKIN DIARY. Her work has been previously published using the surname of Daniels. Carol now chooses to use her Traditional name, which has more meaning to her. BEARSKIN DIARY is an award-winning novel, being chosen as the Aboriginal Literature Title for 2017 by the Periodical Marketers of Canada. It was also shortlisted for 3 Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2016. The French language translation of this novel, entitled Peau D’ours won a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019.

Her first book of poetry – entitled Hiraeth – was released in early 2018 (Inanna Publications). Hiraeth was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019. Her second novel – Bone Black– is set to be released in 2019 (Nightwood Editions). Her third novel - Narrows of Fear - will also be released, date tba (Nightwood 2020). She is currently working on fourth novel manuscript. Carol is also an Aboriginal artist, multi-disciplined in the areas of writing, storytelling, singing/drumming & visual art.

On a regular basis, she enjoys performing at schools, community centres and children’s festivals across the province. She is a published poet, short story writer and novelist. As a visual artist, her work has been exhibited in art galleries across Saskatchewan and Northern Canada. As a musician, a CD of women’s drum songs, on which Carol was featured, was recently nominated for a Prairie Music Award. Carol is Cree & Dene with roots in Sandy Bay, northern Saskatchewan. However before pursuing her art on a full-time basis, Carol worked as a journalist for more than 30 years – working in television and radio at APTN, CTV & CBC.

To devote my time to completing my third novel, Bone Black, which has already been signed with Nightwood Editions publishing (British Columbia) and will be released in 2020. This novel is a work in progress, as there is still research and editing to be done prior to submitting a manuscript.



The Dick and Jane Fund – Dakota Ray Herbert, Saskatoon

Born and raised in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Dakota Ray Hebert is a Dene woman who wears many hats. She is an Actor, Writer, Comedian, Mentor, Social Media Manager, Speaker, Director, occasional Model, as well as Dog Mom.

She was the first Indigenous student at Globe Theatre's 2012 Conservatory Program, and now Dakota has toured her way across Canada, the US, China, and has even done a comedy show La Penita, Mexico! She is co-hosting a new television series on APTN called Crazy Like a Lynx with fellow comedian Don Kelly, airing this winter, and has completed her first lead in a feature length film directed by Zoe Hopkins.

Thanks to the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts, I've been able to create and develop a screenplay based in Saskatchewan. Over the course of writing and workshopping, I have realized that it is a television series. I now have most of the materials needed to pursue further development with this project. It would have taken way longer had I not received this award. Thank you so much SFFA!



The Harry Nick Kangles Fund Kelley Jo Burke, Regina

Kelley Jo Burke is an award-winning playwright, creative nonfiction writer and radio documentarian, book editor and was for many years’ host/producer of CBC Radio’s SoundXchange.

Her produced and published plays include the upcoming musical The Curst (with Library Voices, Dancing Sky Theatre, May, 2020), Us (with Jeffery Straker, Globe Theatre 2018), The Lucky Ones (DST, 2016), The Selkie Wife (DST and various, 2010), Ducks on the Moon (Curtain Razors, ongoing, 2009) and Charming and Rose: True Love (Nightwood Theatre, and various, 1993).

She was the 2017 winner (with Jeff Straker) of Stage Playwrights’ Guild of Canada’s national award for best new musical for Us, the 2009 winner of the Sask. Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Leadership in the Arts, the winner of multiple City of Regina Writing Awards and the 2008 Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Playwriting.

Write a draft of "The Cursed" a musical created in collaboration with Regina's Library Voices, scheduled for production Spring 2020, Dancing Sky Theatre, Saskatoon area.



The Jane Turnull Evans Fund for the Arts – Laura Payne, Saskatoon

Laura Payne (b. 1987, Ottawa) is a visual artist based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She received her BFA from the University of Western Ontario (London ON) and her MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA (Baltimore MD). Her paintings and new media works have been exhibited widely, at venues such as Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Centre (Toronto), School 33 (Baltimore MD), Conner Smith (Washington DC), the Mendel Art Gallery for their annual fundraiser LUGO (Saskatoon), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), as well as multiple Nuit Blanche events across the country. Payne has received financial support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and Ontario Arts Council for multiple projects. She was a finalist for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2017. In 2019, Payne has participated in exhibitions in Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Montrea. She just completed her first residency in September 2019 at ChaNorth in Pine Plains NY, sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Create a new body of work combining two previously separate focuses - sculpture/painting +    electronic light installation.



The Shurniak Fund – Louisa Ferguson, Meacham

Louisa is a contemporary artist with a practice largely focused on glass. She graduated from Concordia University with a bachelor’s in fine arts, with distinction in theatre and uses her theatre background to inform her work.

Louisa studied glass painting with Williams and Byrne (England), glass casting with Shawna Firman (New Zealand), and pate-de-verre (Bullseye Glass, Portland).

In 2015, Louisa was awarded The Gale Steck Memorial Award for Excellence in Craft by an Emerging Artist, Dimensions 2015. She was a finalist for Niche Awards 2017, and was recently selected as a finalist in the prestigious International Toyama Glass Exhibition 2018.

I am planning a new body of work entitled "Reliquaries". This work will be exploring large scale, outdoor sculpture. My aim is to use my research and exploration in creating a new body of work based on large outdoor reliquaries. At the end of the year, I intend to exhibit 3-5 large sculptures in a sculpture garden in Meacham, Saskatchewan.



The Cameco Endowment for Aboriginal Artists Fund – Jacqueline Latendresse, Saskatoon

Jackie Latendresse is a Metis woman currently living and working in Saskatoon on treaty six territory homeland of the Metis. She founded The Free Flow Dance Theatre Company in 1995 in Ontario and has since relocated to Saskatoon. 2020 marks the 25 year anniversary for the company. Her professional choreographic work with Free Flow has been publically acclaimed; she has been nominated for various awards including the Saskatchewan YWCA women of distinction award, Saskatoon Champion for the arts, the SK lieutenant governor’s award and has received numerous government grants from federal, provincial and municipal sources in support of Free Flow Dance Theatre and its programming. Jackie is a voice for the arts and an advocate for dance. She endeavours to create a strong and vibrant dance community by providing opportunities for the arts to flourish in her company’s annual season of events. She strives to create bonds and connections between artists that will continue to grow through the years and works to make dance an art form that is accessible to all. Her dedication to the art form and the cultivation of it is a strong theme found throughout her life’s work.

Create the movement vocabulary and choreography for a new contemporary dance piece inspired by new music created by local composer and writer Cliff Burns:

"Non Nobis Solum", created to accompany new music composed by Saskatchewan artist Cliff Burns explores the concept of "not for ourselves alone" and our intimate and global connections to others both conscious and subconscious.

The piece was presented at the W.I.P. Dance Series in June 2019 and then in full at Central Haven Care Home as a part of our Free Community Dance Performance program. It was also featured nightly October 18-20 at the Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre in the Free Flow gala weekend.