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Dr. Shirley Cheechoo receives Order of Canada – Manitoulin Expositor

by ahnationtalk on May 15, 201972 Views

May 15, 2019

Debajehmujig, Weengushk founder accepts Canada’s top civilian honour

RIDEAU HALL – With a long and storied career in film, acting, writing and as a visual artist, Shirley Cheechoo is used to receiving accolades, but receiving the Order of Canada this past week steps into different territory.

“I have been given the Order of Canada on behalf of so many people in my life,” she said. “A lot of people have assisted me in coming to this place in my life, including my parents. If it wasn’t for my mother I wouldn’t be where I am today and if I didn’t have Weengushk (Film Institute) I don’t think I would have received the Order of Canada.”

Given Ms. Cheechoo’s impact and contributions to theatre, film and the arts, that final prediction seems hard to credit; witness her citation as she was inducted into Canada’s highest civilian award.

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