Cree Actor, musician and humanitarian Tom Jackson will receive imagineNATIVE’s 2016 August Schellenberg Award of Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes signficiant professional and personal achievements by an Indigenous actor.
Born on the One Arrow reserve in Saskatchewan and raised in Winnipeg, Tom left school at the age of 15 and spent seven years living on the back streets of Winnipeg. This experience built the foundation of his character – tenacity, leadership, determination to succeed and an altruistic capacity to care for others.
As a singer and songwriter, Tom has recorded 14 albums, two of which have received Juno nominations. Fans of the CBC hit television series North of 60 (Seven24 Films) will know him as Chief Peter Kenidi, a role he portrayed for six seasons. From Shining Time Station to Star Trek to Law & Order, Tom is no stranger to film and notes his favourites – three North of 60 movies, The Diviners, Grizzly Falls, Meeshee The Water Giant and Skinwalkers. Tom’s distinctive voice can also be heard narrating television projects such as Life & Times, The Snow Eater and Great Canadian Rivers. In 2004, AMPIA honoured Tom Jackson with the David Billington Award, for his invaluable contributions to Alberta’s production community.
The Awards Gala will take place during the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto on Saturday, October 22.