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Eugene Boulanger is Shúhtagot’ı̨nę from Tulít'a, in the Sahtú Region of Treaty 11, in Denendeh.

Eugene is a hunter, an artist, and a visual designer working in digital strategy, communication design, social marketing and community organizing, and his work in the Indigenous media arts world has taken him across sectors in British Columbia and Denendeh in varying capacities: he is both a founding member of the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival and newly formed northern leadership development collective, Dene Nahjo.

Most recently, Eugene has been living and working in his home community of Tulít'a to organize with youth, Elders, and the community to develop plans for youth advocacy while reconnecting with his traditional territory and Dene way of life.

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Marilyn Jensen, Yadultin and Dūsts’ā̀dle, is Inland Tlingit and Tagish Khwáan from the Carcross/Tagish First Nation; belonging to the Dakhl'aweidí Clan under the Tagish Keét Hít (Killerwhale House) in the Southern Yukon Territory.

She currently teaches First Nation Governance at Yukon College and works closely with many Indigenous communities as a contractor focusing on governance strengthening. Her main methodology in teaching and facilitating has always been through storytelling and sharing the beauty of her culture and identity. 

She spends most of her time engaging in traditional dancing, singing, drumming, choreographing and storytelling with the Inland Tlingit dance group she founded and leads; the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers. Recently, the group, has been honoured as the recipients of the National Aboriginal Tourism Award.  

Marilyn holds an M.A. Indigenous Governance (University of Victora) and plans to pursue a PHD in Indigenous leadership while continuing to revitalize language, culture, ceremony and identity. 

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Paul Seesequasis is a Cree writer, editor, cultural activist and journalist.

He was a founding editor of the award-winning Aboriginal Voices Magazinel, and the recipient of a Maclean-Hunter journalist award. He was a program officer for a number of years at the Canada Council For The Arts. Most recently, Paul was the Editor-In-Chief at Theytus Books.

His short stories and feature writing have been published in Canada and abroad. His novel, Tobacco Wars, was published by Quattro Books and his latest book, a collaboration with Mayan artist, Jesu Mora, pop wuj: An Illustrated Narrative of the Mayan Sacred Book, will be launched in Mexico city in 2015.

Paul currently resides in Saskatoon, SK. 

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Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe/Metis comedian, writer & media maker based out of Treaty #1 territory (Winnipeg, MB).

Armed with a degree in Theatre & as a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory (Toronto), Ryan became the 1st Native comedian to ever record a 1 hour mainstream comedy special for CBC TV when he recorded "Ryan McMahon - UnReserved" in 2012. 

Ryan’s storytelling comedy style is fast paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad & the ugly between Indian Country & the mainstream.

It's Ryan's exploration of storytelling that led Ryan to podcasting in 2008. McMahon's early podcasts led to sitcom development deals & radio opportunities.

In 2010, Ryan created Red Man Laughing and through 4 seasons of the show, the podcast was turned into a National comedy special for CBC Radio 1. 

Ryan is now dedicating his efforts to building the Indian & Cowboy Media Network, the world's ONLY Indigenous Podcast Network.

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Deanne Hupfield is Anishinaabe and grew up on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior (Thunder Bay, ON).

Deanne works in the Toronto Indigenous community facilitating Powwow Dance and culture/history based classes.  She also works in the Toronto District School Board teaching Indigenous Education throughout the city. She is one of four owners of We Are Nate Inc., a streetwear clothing company that promotes Indigenous knowledge and identity.    

Currently she is a student at First Nation Technical Institute pursing a degree in Public Administration and Governance (Indigenous).  

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Tyler Hagan  is a filmmaker, photographer, and historian based in Vancouver, B.C. whose work circles around ideas of landscape, place, and identity. 

His work has shown at Berlinale, Montreal World Film Festival, imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, as well as online with the CBC, and the National Screen Institute of Canada. His latest work is a cross­-disciplinary project comprised of the interactive doc Similkameen Crossroads and the photography and video exhibition In the Similkameen.

He is currently a Master's candidate in History at the University of British Columbia. He received his BFA in Film from Simon Fraser University’s School For the Contemporary Arts.

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Justin Wiebe is a michif (Métis) man from Saskatoon, SK, who currently lives and works as anuninvited guest on the traditional territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam peoples in Vancouver, BC.

He is particularly interested in decolonization in the city, social and environmental justice, art, education, and youth leadership.

Justin holds a MSc in Planning from UBC, and a B.Ed focusing on Indigenous education from the University of Saskatchewan. He earns a living as a planner and researcher, and volunteers in a variety of capacities for different Indigenous organizations.

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Nickita Longman is a graduate from the First Nations University of Canada with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Staying in Treaty 4 territory, Nickita works as the Indigenous Program Coordinator at the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild for one half of the week, and as a Publicist for the University of Regina Press for the other half. When Nickita finds downtime, she enjoys reading and writing poetry.

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Jennifer Ashawasegai is Anishinabe Kwe, beaver clan, from Henvey Inlet First Nation. She grew up all over Canada.

A freelance journalist, Jennifer has done work in both the private and public radio sectors in Canada and the U.S. She has also been published in print media for Indigenous publications on both sides of the border and has done a little bit of work for APTN National News.  Working with sound has always been her favourite medium. Currently, she is working in the field of communications and provides a weekly Anishinibek news round up to Rez 91 in Wasausksing and ezine – Muskrat magazine. 

One of the most important things in her life – is her culture. Jennifer participates in ceremony on the Land and is learning as much as she can. It’s like going back to school, but it’s a way of life. A Mother and a Nokimis, Jennifer hopes a spiritual and cultural identity will help each generation move forward with strength, unity and understanding.

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Keara Lightning is Cree from Maskwacis, and has grown up in Anishinaabek and Haudenosaunee territories in Ontario. She is a student at Trent University in the Indigenous Environmental Studies program.

Keara is involved in the Indigenous student communities in Peterborough and Toronto. She is a board member of Toronto350.org and works with environmental organizations on understanding solidarity- as she learns to understand it herself along the way.

Currently she is part of a fellowship with the Divestment Student Network, working on a project connecting solidarity and reconciliation.

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mia susan amir is a community-embedded writer, interdisciplinary performer, and educator. Born in Israel/Occupied Palestine, mia is an anti-Zionist Jew of mixedAshkenazi and Sephardic descent. She has lived most of her life as an uninvited settler in Vancouver, BC, unceded and occupied xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh territories.

Founder and Creative Director of The Story We Be – a community writing institute which offers intensives in storytelling across genre for political transformation, and collective healing – mia believes that the role of the storyteller has never been more important, as with increasing urgency we require new narratives to assist us in determining right action in response to the myriad crises we face locally and globally; to facilitate a deep confrontation with the condition of our humanity; to provoke the collective imaginary.

mia received her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, Oakland, California, traditional Ohlone Territories, and is currently a student of somatics and trauma. You can read some of her work here: SpiderWebShowLemon HoundDigging Through the Fat.


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Eve Tuck is an Unangax̂ writer from St. Paul Island, Alaska. Eve grew up outside of her territory in a small town in Pennsylvania, before moving to New York City to go to college and graduate school. Eve now lives in Toronto and is Associate Professor of Critical Race and Indigenous Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). 

Eve works with youth and community organizations to create research projects which help to make social change. She is the author/editor of several books on school pushout, youth resistance research, the significance of place in social science research, and land education. She has written articles about the politics of research, ethics of participatory research, Indigenous approaches to research, the settler colonial imperatives of the academy, and decolonization. 

Eve recently co-founded the Land Relationships Super Collective with her frequent collaborator K. Wayne Yang. The Super Collective brings community organizations doing land rematriation together to share strategies and theories towards decolonization.

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K. Wayne Yang was a public school teacher in Ohlone territory, now called Oakland, California, for over 15 years. There, he co-founded the Avenues Project, a youth development non-profit organization, as well as East Oakland Community High School, which were inspired by the Survival Programs of the Black Panther Party. Those efforts became seeds for Roses In Concrete, a K-12 school center in Oakland.  He is now an associate professor in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. 

Wayne writes about ghetto colonialism, decolonization, popular culture and community organizing, often with his frequent collaborator, Eve Tuck, and sometimes for an avatar called La Paperson. His students have produced podcasts on NativeQuestions.com covering various topics in tribal law, and have created a podcast series, The Weather at UC San Diego, which attempts to unsettle the university’s mapping of land into campus.