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Biographies – Canadian Delegation of Indigenous Artists & Contributors

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Celeigh Cardinal Singer Celeigh Cardinal paves the way in the music world, representing Indigenous talent. She is the first Indigenous radio personality of CBC Edmonton’s Radio Arts Column, the In-Crowd. Celeigh strives to use the space she takes to lift up artists and be the representation she desires for all Indigenous peoples.
Digging Roots Digging Roots is the Juno-winning husband and wife music duo, Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish, whose style blends folk-rock, pop, blues and hip hop with the traditional sounds of Indigenous music. Digging Roots has collaborated with music giants like A Tribe Called Red, Kinnie Starr, and Tanya Tagaq.
Sarain Fox Sarain Fox is Anishinaabe from Batchawana First Nation, just outside of Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario. She is passionate about empowering communities and amplifying their voices, especially those of the youth. She is a multifaceted artist and activist who comes from a long line of storytellers. A dancer, choreographer, stylist, brand ambassador, television host and content producer – she uses her platform to celebrate the immense knowledge and talent of Indigenous people, designers and brands.
Zoey Roy Zoey 'Pricelys' Roy is a poet. A celebrated artist, Zoey has been featured on stages around the world including the Calgary Folk Music Festival where she opened for Sheila E; BIGSOUND - Australia's largest music festival; #CANADAPERFORMS when we all first went into lockdown; and the Unsilent Project where she went on tour with a 94-piece orchestra. She is a dynamic speaker with a story to tell. Zoey has spoken on stages worldwide, including We Day; the United Nations; and the Walrus Talks about humanizing ourselves through the turbulence of ongoing settler colonialism. Zoey is an advocate and uses the knowledge and life experience she has to create something good for the world around her.
Christine Frederick Christine Sokaymoh Frederick is an urban Aboriginal Cree-Métis residing in Edmonton, Alberta. She is co-founder and the artistic director of Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and produces the annual Rubaboo Festival and is the Executive Director of the Dreamspeakers Film Festival. She is the first Associate Artist of the Citadel Theatre and the first indigenous board member of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. She is the former chair of the Edmonton Arts Council and former Vice-Chair of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Christine served on the steering, working and selection committee for the ÎNÎW River Lot 11 one of the first Indigenous Public Art Parks in the world. She is the recipient of the 2007 Esquao Award in Arts, and the 2016 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Artistic Leadership
Kevin Loring A member of the Nlaka'pamux Nation from the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia. Kevin is a Governor General award-winning Playwright, Theatre Director, Documentarian, Producer and professional Actor of the stage and screen. Kevin is currently the first Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre.
Shawnee Kish Activist for her Indigenous and LGBTQ2+ communities, Shawnee is a proud Two-Spirit Mohawk who has shared the musical stage with some of the world’s biggest names — Lady Gaga, Madonna and Alicia Keys. 2020 saw her step into the world of virtual performances, taking part in The Canada House/UK Commerce International Women's Day Virtual Performance, performing at The Songwriter Series with Serena Ryder and participating in the RBC’s Emerging Artist program. Shawnee raised her voice on a Grammy Museum Discussion Panel (Being an Artist During COVID) and joined the National Arts Centre of Canada on a collaborative youth project.
Dancers of Damelahamid An Indigenous dance company from the Northwest coast of British Columbia, Canada, Dancers of Damelahamid are known for their rich history of masked dance that inspires a compelling performance. Through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks, and elaborate regalia, the Dancers of Damelahamid transform time and space and bridge the customary with a living practice.

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