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Order of Canada
Gordon Tootoosis, C.M.
Cut Knife, Saskatchewan [Canada]
Member of the Order of Canada
Awarded on October 29, 2004; Invested on September 9, 2005
He is an inspirational role model for Aboriginal youth. A veteran actor, Gordon Tootoosis has portrayed memorable characters in movie and television productions in Canada and the United States. Committed to preserving his culture and to telling his people's stories, he has served as a founding member of the board of directors of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company and has offered encouragement, support and training to aspiring Aboriginal actors. This highly respected Cree activist has provided leadership to Aboriginal people, notably as a social worker and a band chief.
Deceased on July 5, 2011