• Billy Parrell

    Billy Parrell headshot

    Billy Parrell (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist passionate about community-engaged art. She teaches art workshops to youth. Her work tells stories about belonging and is concerned with themes of movement and space. As an exercise in privacy and performance, she sometimes publishes work under the artist name motif. This honours the great motifs of her Métis heritage. By empowering themselves to live creatively they hope to inspire others to dream big.

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  • Chanelle Lajoie

    Chanelle Lajoie (they/them) is a Queer Red River Métis Futurist and guest on Tiohti:áke Territory studying at McGill Law. Moving-image invites balance in their life by honouring and engaging with the communities to which they belong. Their ties to community are best witnessed in recent projects Métis Femme Bodies (2019) and Lavender Menace (2020).

    Chanelle completed MAWA’s Foundation Mentorship Program (2020-21) preparing them for moving- image projects Grand Mother Tongue, with Toronto Queer Film Festival’s DIY Lab Mentorship Program (2020-21) and Bison Hunt, with ImagineNATIVE’s Doc Salon Fellowship as part of the European Film Market (2021).

    They attended Harbour Collective’s Meech Lake Residency (August 2021), completing moving-image project Land (Ab)Use. They are looking forward to finalizing Snap Chat Thirza Cuthand as part of Image + Nation Story Lab Mentorship and presenting If Not HereThen Where with Toronto Queer Film Festival’s Queer Futurism Symposium this spring.

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  • Claude Latour

    Claude Latour

    Claude Latour (he/him) was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario with mixed Euro/Anishinabe/Kanyen’kéha descent and through his mother’s bloodline, is a band member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg of the Algonquin Nation, Bear Clan.

    Claude obtained his Diploma of Fine Arts from Heritage College in Hull, Quebec. With the present Bill 96, he never would have graduated. In 2001, he received his BFA from the University of Ottawa.

    Over the past three decades, Claude has created works of art in various mediums and defines himself as a multidisciplinary artist. Since 2013, he has been working on a self directed body of work entitled, “The Yellow House Series” comprised of thirteen 11”x 14” sketch books employing the act of automatic drawing using black Indian ink on paper. Using photography, the images are abstracted from eleven books thus far created with the goal of honouring the thirteen moons all in good time representing our sacred traditional annual cycle of life.

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  • Craig Commanda

    Craig Commanda

    Craig Commanda (he/him) is an Anishinaabe multi-disciplinary artist from Kitigan Zibi First Nation. He works in film, music, beadwork, poetry, photography, traditional crafts, hide tanning, and digital fabrication. He holds a BFA in Film Production from Concordia University and his work has screened internationally at film festivals.

    His beadwork was part of an exhibition at Ottawa Art Gallery and most recently, he had portraiture photography posted to an international art project called Inside Out. Craig bases his practice in Montreal/Mòniyang where he currently lives.

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  • Dayna Danger

    Dayna Danger (they/them) is a Two-Spirit, Indigiqueer, Métis-Saulteaux-Polish visual artist. Danger was raised in Miiskwaagamiwiziibiing, Treaty 1 territory, or so-called Winnipeg. They are currently based in Tiohtiá:ke/Mōniyāng or so-called Montreal. Through utilizing the processes of photography, sculpture, performance and video, Danger creates works and environments that question the line between empowerment and objectification by claiming the space.

    Ongoing works exploring BDSM and beaded leather fetish masks negotiate the complicated dynamics of sexuality, gender, and power in a consensual and feminist manner. Their focus remains on Indigenous and Métis visual and erotic sovereignty. In 2021, they began a doctorate at Concordia University that focuses on hide-tanning stories and bush skills, culture camps, passed on from their Saulteaux great-grandmother, Madeline McLeod (Campbell).

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  • Dianne Ouellette

    Dianne Ouellette (she/her) is an independent Métis filmmaker, multimedia artist and curator. Her films have been screened and awarded internationally. She presently works as a Communications Specialist and sessional instructor at the University of Regina. She completed her MFA in Media Production (2020).She is presently Chair of the Board of Directors for Sâkêwêwak and a long-time member of the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative.

    As of recent, she has been working with Listen to Dis’ Community Arts Organization members, facilitating people of all abilities to create digital stories through online workshops. She also collaborated with this organization to co-direct Mine To Have’s digital production; a theatre play adapted to a film during covid restrictions in 2021.Over the past two decades, she has focused her lens on family, history, and identity. Sharing stories through film, video, photography, digital media, creative design, and writing fulfills her passion for storytelling. Continuing to encourage others by making creative content that connects and motivates people is valuable in her artistic goals.

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  • Esperanza Sanchez Espitia

    Esperanza Sanchez Espitia

    Esperanza Sanchez Espitia is a Colombo Canadian photojournalist, a base lenses artist, and a women storyteller filmmaker. Esperanza has been using her cameras to fight against women’s and First Nations People’s discrimination. Esperanza’s artistic work has been exposed on a national and international level.

    Esperanza won the 48-hour 2021 RPL Filmmaking Challenge with her film, Our First Apartment. Another film, Whispering to my Soul, was part of the widely celebrated Sâkêwêwak Film Festival. Her film Surgery also received notable attention as an official selection of both the Toronto International Women Festival and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative.

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  • Holly Aubichon

    Holly Aubichon (she/her) comes from a mixed heritage of Métis, and Cree on her paternal side and Ukrainian, Irish and Scottish on her maternal side (Ogrodnick). Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, her Indigenous relations come from Green Lake, SK and Lestock, SK. Aubichon’s practice is laboriously reliant on retracing familial memories and connections.

    She uses painting as a way to foster personal healing. As an extension of her practice, she has begun a traditional Indigenous tattoo mentorship to acknowledge the memories that bodies hold, support the healing, grieving and the revival of traditional tattoo practices. She has recently graduated from the University of Regina in the Spring of 2021 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, minoring in Indigenous Art History. Aubichon is the 2021 BMO 1st Art! Regional winner for Saskatchewan.

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  • Jessie Ray Short

    Jessie Short

    Jessie Ray Short (she/her) is an artist, filmmaker and independent curator of Métis, Ukrainian and German descent.  Jessie Ray’s practice involves uncovering connections between a myriad of topics that interest her, including, but not limited to, space and time, Indigenous and settler histories, Métis visual culture, personal narratives, spiritual and scientific belief systems, parallel universes, electricity, aliens and non-human being(s).

    Jessie Ray explores these topics using mediums such as film and video, performance art, finger weaving, sewing, writing and curating. She has been invited to show her work nationally and internationally, including at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, at La Chambre Blanche in Québec City, Art Mûr Berlin (a satellite exhibition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial/BACA) in Germany, and at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival in New Zealand. Jessie Ray is deeply grateful to be based in oskana kâ-asastêki or Pile of Bones (also known as Regina) in Treaty 4 territory. 

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  • Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros

    Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros

    Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros (she/her) is an inner-city Indigiqueer with Treaty 6 Mistawasis Nêhiyaw and Afro-Brazilian ancestry. They are a plant loving, community oriented support worker, artist and organizer born and raised in diaspora, as a guest on stolen & unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories.

    Karmella currently works as the Indigenous Brilliance Community Engagement leader with Room Magazine and the Art Ecosystem. They also work as the CRUW Garden Coordinator at xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, and support the Lucid Arts’ Earthseed Youth Book Club. Karmella’s most recent work is featured in Activations Of Solidarity with the Indigenous Curatorial Collective 2021, and Room Magazine issue 44.1 Growing Room.

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  • Marjorie Beaucage

    Marjorie Beaucage is a Two-Spirit Métis Auntie, filmmaker, art-ivist and educator, a land protector and a water walker. Born in Vassar, Manitoba, to a large Métis family, Marjorie’s life’s work has been about creating social change, working to give people the tools for creating possibilities and right relations. She has been a Grandmother for Walking With Our Sisters; the Elder for OUT Saskatoon; and the Elder-In-Residence for the University of Saskatchewan Student Union. As a current Board Member of Chokecherry Studios, she is giving back to future art-ivists as they stand up for themselves and their community through art, songs, writing…creating possibilities of wellness with ceremony and story medicine.

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  • Naomi Condo

    Naomi Condo (she/her) is a Mik’maw writer and director from Gesgapegiag First Nation. In 2018, Condo participated in a Master Class in The Director of Photography with Michel LaVeaux and attended the RIDM’s Talent Lab (Recontres International du Documentaire de Montreal).  As a 2020 panelist on IM4, Immersed Matriachs 4Lab, she discussed VR and its place within indigenous storytelling. 

    The webseries was a part of Vancouver’s International Film Festival and aired on September 29th, at 10 PST. In 2021, she was a participant in the Meech Lake Lab hosted by Harbour Collective from Winnipeg, Manitoba. That same year, she discussed the film I am L’nu, 2021 as an Artist Guest Speaker for Indigenous Day.

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  • Quinn Hopkins

    Quinn Hopkins (he/him) is inspired by new, innovative technologies, connecting them with the land and his roots as an Anishinaabe person. He utilizes techniques such as 3D modelling, digital drawing, editing, creative coding and machine learning; Hopkins collaborates with the computer to research, design and create his artworks. His interests are focused on developing new ways to visualize the spirit of the land to reveal the many truths about humanity’s relationship with the land.

    Quinn is not afraid to experiment with new tools and mediums, which has led him to create augmented reality art, virtual reality art and non-fungible token art in the past year; that attracted national attention from the media. Hopkins has appeared on CBC The National and Breakfast Television, as well as been featured in an article on CBC Indigenous. As a student at OCAD University, Hopkins is young and enthusiastic about his art’s ability to inspire action. He is using his resources to build a more equitable space for Indigenous artists in NFT spaces, advocating for Indigenous sovereignty and decolonization.

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  • Shawna Farinango

    Shawna Farinango

    Shawna Farinango (she/her) is a Kichwa Artist based in Haudenosaunee territory also known as Hamilton, Ontario. Her work is inspired by the matriarchs in her family and the celebration and honoring of her identity and la pachamama (Mother Earth).

    Through her art she tries to showcase her experiences of what it means to live in a marginalized brown Indigenous body while reimagining our world, strengthening our collective memory, and materializing the connection that we have to the earth through visual art. She creates art to make the existence of indigenous people visible. She hopes to inspire other Indigenous peoples to celebrate and honour their identities with strength and courage.

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