Espanola Artist & Activist Wins Leadership Award

Espanola, Ontario, June 3rd, 2014

Espanola Artist & Activist Wins Leadership Award

Métis artist and activist Christi Belcourt has been awarded the Aboriginal Leadership Award by the Annual Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards hosted by Northern Ontario Business.


Mayor and Council of the Town of Espanola nominated Christi for the award, “Christi’s national accomplishments are many, but we are most proud and inspired by Christi’s recent conception of Walking With Our Sisters, a commemorative art exhibit, comprised of over 1700 moccasin tops,” says Mayor Lehoux, “this collaborative exhibit speaks to Christi’s ability to leverage her talent and scope of influence with other artists in a call of action for social awareness, education and change.”

Walking With Our Sisters is a commemorative Art Installation dedicated to missing and murdered indigenous Women of Canada and the United States.  In addition, Christi’s design work has been selected by the Government of Canada and rendered to stain glass in the House of Commons to honour residential school students and their families.

“I accept this acknowledgement not for myself, but on behalf of the contributions by thousands of families, artists and community members across North America for whom Walking With Our Sisters sadly resonates, and I thank the town of Espanola for recognizing the importance of this issue. There have been more than 1181 murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls in Canada in the past 30 years alone. With one Indigenous woman murdered every 12 days in this country, we must find the resolve to change this growing national crisis.”

“The Town of Espanola is proud that Christi lives and works in our community of 5000 and yet has touched and influenced people across North America through her passion and work,” says Lehoux.  “We extend our congratulations & thanks on behalf of the entire community.”

For a full appreciation of Christi’s recent exhibit and history of accomplishments visit or


Photo: Cynthia Townsend, Jack McMillan, Christi Belcourt, Cheryl Kennelly, Dianne Polden, Paula Roque