Meet Aliya Boubard, Indigenous Arts Leadership Fellow

The Winnipeg Arts Council is pleased to announce that Aliya Boubard has been named the newest recipient of the Indigenous Arts Leaders Fellowship. The Fellowship is designed to create opportunities for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Winnipeggers in the field of arts administration.

Aliya is a multi-disciplinary Ojibway artist from Sagkeeng, Manitoba. Currently completing her BFA from the University of Manitoba, she has an active practice in various mediums including drawing, linocut prints and photography. Her work moves effortlessly between realism and the abstract, often incorporating elements of her Ojibway background

She is always exploring new mediums and new techniques, which continuously allows her to grow as an artist. Aliya decided to pursue the Fellowship with that same drive: “I’m very excited about the opportunity to develop new skills that will advance my career in the arts. I think that to be successful I will need a wide range of abilities, and the organizational and management skills I will learn through this Fellowship will be an excellent complement to my education in fine arts.”

For the next nine months, Aliya will be working with the Manitoba Museum’s senior leadership team and departmental staff, receiving dedicated mentoring within the organization and working on professional development and management skills in a variety of departments.

The Indigenous Arts Leaders Fellowship was launched by the Winnipeg Arts Council in 2018 after an extensive consultation process with experts from throughout Winnipeg and across Canada. Members of the arts community, as well as employment and training specialists from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds, provided guidance. The Fellowship aspires to equip Indigenous arts professionals with the tools to develop successful careers in arts administration and to be better represented among decision-makers in Winnipeg’s arts and cultural organizations. It is a specialized opportunity to become immersed in an organization and focus on not-for-profit governance, human resources management, volunteer recruitment and events planning.

Aliya is the third recipient of the Fellowship, after Seraph-Eden Boroditsky and Niamh Dooley in 2018-19. A fourth Fellowship will be awarded in early 2020.


The Winnipeg Arts Council is located on Treaty 1 Territory and on the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene Peoples and in the homeland of the Métis Nation. We acknowledge the role and importance of Indigenous people in the Canadian arts ecosystem.