We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Cheryl L’Hirondelle (Flaherty Research Scholar 2015) on receiving the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts.
Video: Portrait of Cheryl L’Hirondelle – Canada Council for the Arts dir. by Katrina Beatty
Of Cree/Halfbreed and German/Polish ancestry, Cheryl L’Hirondelle is an interdisciplinary, community-engaged artist, a singer/songwriter and a critical thinker whose family roots are from Papaschase First Nation, amiskwaciy wâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta) and Kikino Metis Settlement, Alberta. Her work critically investigates and articulates a dynamism of nêhiyawin (Cree worldview) in contemporary time-place with a practice that incorporates Indigenous language(s), audio, video, virtual reality, the olfactory, sewn objects, music and audience/user participation to create immersive environments towards ‘radical inclusion.’
Cheryl received a James M. Flaherty Research Scholarship in 2015 to conduct research in University College Dublin, investigating “Where songlines and storylines commence/converge”. Cheryl was also an integral member of the steering group convened by ICUF to organise ‘Landspeak – a gathering of Indigenous and Irish voices’ (more info on Landspeak here).