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Elizabeth Doxtater Honoured with Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award

Toronto, February 7, 2022 - Elizabeth Doxtater is the recipient of the $10,000 Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator AwardThe award is given annually to an Ontario resident who exemplifies excellence in arts education.

About Elizabeth Doxtater

Elizabeth Doxtater was born and raised on the Six Nations Indian Reserve #40, Grand River.  She is a lifelong learner in the field of Indigenous Arts as a cornhusk artist, painter, and storyteller.  Doxtater conducts workshops, blending the arts with historic and cultural narratives for students, child welfare agencies, educators, and a variety of other organizations. Her work focuses on the concept of re-villagizing as the next step after decolonizing.  

In 2019 Doxtater was commissioned by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) to artistically represent the four ethical standards of the teaching profession: Care, Integrity, Trust, and Respect.  Elizabeth coauthored the 2022 OCT document, Restorative Journey: Indigenous Educational Wellness, which features her essays, paintings, poetry, and photographs of her cornhusk dolls.  She has also written two books, Art of Peace and Dreamfast.  

Doxtater coordinates the “Group of Six”, a grassroots program working with six local youth artists whose work focus on unity through art.  Doxtater notes, “As we revillagize and prepare to hand over the tools for Peace to the approaching faces, sometimes those tools are a canvas and a paintbrush.”

Doxtater is the recipient of the Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network (CSARN) and Toronto Foundation 2021 Visionary Artists Lifetime Award, a 2016 Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Award – Emerging Artist, and is a Six Nations Polytechnic 2015 Community Scholar.

Photo: Elizabeth Doxtater, former SS #10 school grounds, Six Nations Indian Reserve #40.

Tsyoyén:kwarote Like Smoke That Rises, Elizabeth Doxtater, acrylic on canvas, 2020.

About the Award
The Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award recognizes an Ontario resident who exemplifies excellence in arts education, demonstrates a unique approach to their arts education practice, creates meaningful learning experiences for young people, inspires connections to the arts beyond the classroom and continues to maintain an active arts practice.

The Ontario Arts Foundation established and manages the endowment that funds the Artist Educator Award.  The Ontario Arts Council is responsible for the selection process.  The award recipient is selected through the Ontario Arts Council's peer assessment process from the applicants to the Indigenous Artists in Communities and Schools Projects program.

Previous recipients include Ruben Esguerra (2020), Zvondai Muchenje (2019), and Chuck Commanda (2018).  See the full list of previous recipients.


 For more information, please contact:

Bruce Bennett
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413

 Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2020-2021, the OAF paid over $5.2 million in endowment income and $220,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 55 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2020-2021 the Ontario Arts Council invested $78.6 million in 206 communities across Ontario through 2,176 grants to individual artists and 1,312 grants to organizations. 

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