From ‘Invisible indian’ to national award winner – Belleville Intelligencer

by pmnationtalk on February 5, 2019127 Views

February 04, 2019

A Belleville artist has won a national award for a poem she wrote about Indigenous identity.
Shelby Lisk, 26, received the award Jan. 28 from Governor General Julie Payette at Ottawa’s Rideau Hall.

Lisk’s poem, “Invisible indian,” placed first in the senior writing category of Historica Canada’s 2018 Indigenous Arts and Stories contest. The contest drew more than 650 entries, Historica spokesperson Andrea Hall said, with winners honoured alongside those of the Governor General’s History awards.

“I obviously was very excited and very honoured,” said Lisk, who was born and raised in Belleville and whose mother, Cindy Lisk, is from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

“It’s nice to get recognition outside of my small sphere of people, to know that I’m on the right track with what I’m doing with my life.”

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