Tantoo Cardinal and Allan Levine to be honoured by UWinnipeg
Two extraordinary Canadians, actor Tantoo Cardinal and historian Allan Levine, will receive honorary degrees at The University of Winnipeg’s autumn convocation ceremonies taking place virtually on Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23, 2020.
Tantoo Cardinal will be recognized at UWinnipeg’s Thursday, October 22 ceremony.
A celebrated actor of First Nations and Métis descent, Cardinal has broken barriers for onscreen representations of Indigenous peoples. She has played more than 120 roles on stage and in film and television throughout her nearly 50-year career, blazing a trail for future Indigenous artists.
Her most famous roles include those in multiple Academy Award winner Dances with Wolves and Academy Award nominee Legends of the Fall, along with her U.S. television role in Stumptown on ABC.
Her latest feature film, Falls Around Her, directed by Darlene Naponse, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018.
She is a member of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. She has received a Gemini, an ImagiNATIVE Film Festival People’s Choice Award, an Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Lifetime Achievement Award, and many more accolades.
Allan Levine will be recognized at UWinnipeg’s Friday, October 23 ceremony.
Levine is a passionate, award-winning storyteller who has spent his career bringing history to life and commenting on current events.
Well-known for his work as a historian, writer, and public intellectual, Levine was also an educator for nearly 30 years. He taught history and world issues at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School from 1984 to 2012, and was an instructor with the Asper Foundation Holocaust Education Program from 1999 to 2012.
He is best-known known for his work covering Jewish history in Canada. In particular, his 2009 book Coming of Age: A History of Jewish People in Manitoba won numerous accolades, including McNally-Robinson Book of the Year, Best History Book Award at the 2010 Canadian Jewish Book Awards, and co-winner of the J.I. Segal Prize in Canadian Jewish History.
“Tantoo Cardinal and Allan Levine are innovators whose work has opened us up to new perspectives and enriched our understanding of the world. The University is proud to recognize their many achievements with honorary degrees,” said Interim President and Vice Chancellor Dr. James Currie.
In recognition of exceptional service, achievement, and distinction, The University of Winnipeg presents a variety of awards to deserving members of the University family and wider community twice annually at convocation. Find out more at 2020 Autumn Convocation.
Jennifer Cox, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
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