By Terry Lusty Local Journalism Initiative Reporter This year’s winner of the Peace Hills art competition, Steven Thomas, was formally acknowledged during a reception at Edmonton’s west end Doubletree Hotel last month, surrounded by fellow artists, Peace Hills Trust staff, board members and clients, in addition to an array of art pieces submitted by Indigenous artists from across Canada. The celebration, which garnered Thomas a cool $5000 in prize money, kicked off with a grand entry, several Indigenous dance performances, an opening prayer, and introductions. In addition to Thomas’ first place win was runner up Jason Sasakamoose and third place winner, Linus Woods, who received $3,000 and $2,000 in prize money respectively. Competition organizer Erin Buffalo explained that the art pieces on display were, with some exceptions, for sale to
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