Dr. Tasha Hubbard
Dr. Tasha Hubbard is a writer, filmmaker, and an associate professor at the University of Alberta. She is from Peepeekisis First Nation in Treaty Four Territory and has ties to Thunderchild First Nation in Treaty Six, also known as Saskatchewan. She is also the mother of a twelve-year-old son.
Her academic research is on Indigenous efforts to return the buffalo to the lands and Indigenous film in North America. Her first solo writing/directing project Two Worlds Colliding, about Saskatoon’s infamous Starlight Tours, premiered at ImagineNATIVE in 2004, was broadcast on CBC’s documentary program Roughcuts in 2004, winning the Canada Award at the Gemini Awards in 2005. Her hybrid drama/documentary short film 7 Minutes won Best Short Non-Fiction at the Yorkton Film Festival in 2016. She also recently finished an NFB-produced feature documentary called Birth of a Family about a 60s Scoop family coming together for the first time during a holiday in Banff. It premiered at Hot Docs and landed in the top ten audience choice list. It also won the Audience Favourite for Feature Documentary at the Edmonton International Film Festival and the Moon Jury prize at ImagineNATIVE. She is currently directing and co-producing a documentary about the death of Colten Boushie with the NFB.
Joi T. Arcand
is an artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory, currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. Recent solo exhibitions include Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, AB); ODD Gallery (Dawson City, Yukon); Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon); Wanuskewin Heritage Park (Saskatoon); Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina); Gallery 101 (Ottawa).
Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Karsh-Masson Art Gallery (Ottawa); McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton, ON); The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (Asheville, North Carolina); Woodland School at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art (Montreal); Ottawa Art Gallery; PAVED Arts (Saskatoon); and grunt gallery (Vancouver).
Arcand has been artist in residence at SAW Gallery (Ottawa) Wanuskewin Heritage Park (Saskatoon); OCAD University; Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art; the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; and Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (Dawson City, Yukon). She has served as chair of the board of directors for PAVED Arts in Saskatoon and was the co-founder of the Red Shift Gallery, a contemporary aboriginal art gallery in Saskatoon. She was founder and editor of the Indigenous art magazine, kimiwan (2012-2014), and is the interim Director of SAW Gallery's Nordic Lab in Ottawa.
is a self taught ledger artist from the Penatuka (honey eater) and Yaparucah (root eater) bands of Comanche and is also Bleckfeet and Kiowa. The late Wakeah Hoaway (1914-2010) of her maternal family gifted her name to her prior to birth in their traditional Comanche way, meaning “woman who finds lost things”. Being brought up in her Native art world by mother Jhane Myers. Wakeah Jhane was always fascinated with many art forms, one of them being ledger art.
As she attended many art shows she would go booth to booth visiting with different ledger artists admiring the uniqueness of their work. As Wakeah grew older, her passion for ledger art only grew strong as well as her friendships with the artists. Soon the ledger artists she visited with became her mentors and friends who encouraged her to try the style of artwork.
The late George Flett (Spokane) was amoung those artists who encouraged her as well and said: “If your hear is in this work then maybe you were meant to do this. Maybe something good will come of this and you will inspire many”.
is from Mâkwa Sâkahikan First Nation. She formally studied Cree Language at University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills AB and at the University of Saskatchewan SK. However, her fluency in Cree is thanks to her informal education provided by her kohkom and her community. Her approach follows a few key ideas. First, that Cree should be taught orally before the writing system is introduced. Secondly, that everyday life context makes the best lesson plans. Lastly, that actions - not English translations - should be used to, “bring the language alive” and this includes the Total Physical Response method of instruction.
Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose
Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose is an Anishinabe (Ojibwe) with membership in M’Chigeeng First Nation in Ontario and is an active citizen of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Dr. Sasakamoose is the recently appointed Research Director of the Indigenous Wellness Research Community Network and Wellness Wheel Medical Clinic in Saskatchewan. The Indigenous led network engages clinicians and patients as co-researchers in areas of HIV/infectious/chronic disease prevention and treatment, mental health and addictions, and the uses of traditional plant-based medicines and land-based healing for wellness. With funding from multiple agencies, the Network is bringing wellness into First Nations and Metis communities throughout Saskatchewan.
Dr. Sasakamoose is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology and Counselling at the University of Regina. In partnership with the First Nations communities of Saskatchewan, she co-authored the Indigenous Cultural Responsiveness Theory (ICRT), a theoretical framework to guide research that improves the health of Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan. She teaches Group Counselling, Counselling Girls and Women, Counselling Children and Youth, Indigenous Family Therapies, and Decolonizing Research Methodologies.
CBC Future 40 Award Winner and Neechie Gear Role Model, Brad Bellegarde aka InfoRed has been a featured artist at events such as Aboriginal Music Week in Winnipeg, Manitoba, APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live and Vancouver’s Olympic Games celebrations. Brad is a proud Nakota/Cree member of the Little Black Bear First Nation who calls Regina, SK home.
A true believer that education is the new Buffalo, his work in schools gave him a unique opportunity to present his methods of education at the VIII International Conference of Intercultural Education in Indigenous Contexts in Temuco, Chile. In 2012, InfoRed performed for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during their Royal visit.
is Nêhiyawpwat (Plains Cree-Nakota) from Poundmaker Indian Reserve located within Treaty Six Territory. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.
He completed his Masters of Arts in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria in British Columbia in 2013 and obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Indigenous Liberal Studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work concentrates on the Political Ecology of Contemporary Indigenous Prairie Livelihood and Decolonization.
Dr. Kevin wâsakâyâsiw Lewis
for the past 13 years, has been working with community schools to promote land-based education along with the Cree Language and started a grassroots not for profit group kâniyâsihk Culture Camps Inc. These camps have contributed to his continued research which is community driven, to work with all ages, all experiences and all seasons. Dr. Lewis is from Ministikwan Lake Cree Nation and continues to teach about the importance of language and culture. For more information, please visit www.kaniyasihkculturecamps.com. Land based education is all about multi-subject programming. This workshop session will discuss program ideas on creating culturally responsive programming. The presenters will go through important topics such as cross-cultural activities, lesson planning, thematic and seasonal planning, First Nations perspectives and connecting them with curricula, assessment and risk management.